In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and trust shall be your strength. Isaiah 30:16
you draw near to us in Christ
and make yourself our guest:
amid the cares of our daily lives,
make us attentive to your voice and alert to your
presence, that we may treasure your word above
all else. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity
of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
- Amos 8:1-12
- Psalm 52
- Col 1:15-29
- Luke 10:38-42
- Hosea 1:2-10
- Psalm 85
- Col 2:6-15
- Luke 11:14-28
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – Luke 10:38-42
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”
The sisters Martha and Mary mirror the two expressions of the disciple’s call: loving service to others (Martha) and prayer and contemplation (Mary). But as Martha comes to realize in today’s Gospel, discipleship begins with hearing the Word of God, with opening our hearts and spirits to the presence of God.
We are all like Martha in our own anxiety over making all the pieces fit; we obsess about the details and peripherals at the expense of the important and lasting. “The better part” embraced by Mary transcends the pragmatic and practical concerns of the everyday and sees the hand of God in all things; the “better part” is to realize the gratitude all of creation owes its loving Creator for the gift of life.
With so many agendas demanding our time and attention, Jesus calls us to consciously choose and seek out “the better part”: to make a place in our lives for the joy and love of family and friends that is the presence of God. It is a motto of Benedictine monasteries around the world: “Let all be received here as would Christ” (The Rule of St. Benedict, chapter 53). Like Abraham’s welcome of the three strangers (today’s first reading from Genesis 18) and the welcome Martha, Mary and Lazarus extend to Jesus in Bethany, hospitality is not only a holy responsibility but also a joyful opportunity to welcome and serve Jesus in the persons those who come to our tables.
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