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Zero Star Hotel

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also
Wisdom 18:6-9; Psalm 33:1,12,18-22; Hebrews 11:1-2,8-19; Luke 12:32-48

Sermon Week Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 12:34

Many of you are familiar with the popular travel sites where you can find great hotels in idyllic settings. Instead of relying on the hotel's marketing hype, you can choose destinations with great customer reviews and trusted five-star ratings. So how would you rate a hotel room with no door, walls, or ceiling? What would you pay to spend a night in such an accommodation? Meet the "Zero Star Hotel." Situated next to a gas station in a remote village in Switzerland, as its name implies, this hotel lives up to its rating. And believe it or not, guests pay the equivalent of $337 US dollars for the privilege of staying there.

To make sense of this, it's essential to know that this unique hotel is the work of two Swiss conceptual artists. They explain that the "Null Stern Hotel" — which translates from German to “Zero Star Hotel” -- is purposefully "anti-idyllic."

Literally sleeping under the stars, the experience comes with no shelter and zero privacy. According to the artists, rather than a good night's sleep, the hotel "aims to keep you awake and offers a place of reflection on current affairs such as the climate, the economy, security, and equality." -1

Indeed. None of us are spared those sleepless nights when we reflect on the most meaningful affairs of our lives. Nights that stir us at 3 am – the so-called "hour of the wolf" -- waking in a cold sweat and wondering how to get through whatever crisis is knocking at the door. But as Christians, we have a clear path to the peace of mind we desperately crave. As Christians, we know that Jesus wants us to keep awake to the reality that the only way we can find true meaning in our lives is through God.

For this reason, as Christians, we talk a great deal about God. We try to understand who He is. We communicate with one another about how God has acted in our lives --how to pray to God -- and what all of this says about life and death, suffering, and human relationships [...]


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