Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. (Matthew 10:40, NRSV)
Here is a thought I had last week while working with this text.
It comes from reading it side-by-side with these verses earlier in the chapter.
If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town. (Matthew 10:14-15, NRSV)
Here is what I hear: To reject the apostles’ teaching is to reject Jesus.