Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time (I) (10th October, 2017) on the Gospel
Ps 129:1-4.7-8. (R.v.3);
Topic: Mission to all.
Jesus visited Martha and Mary. While Mary sat at His feet listening to Him, Martha was busy with many tasks. Martha even pleaded with Jesus to intervene. But Jesus answered her in part, “Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Many often see Jesus’ response as an outright condemnation of Martha. Martha was busy putting things in place to receive Jesus. Again, Jesus neither asked her to stop nor said that she was wrong. He only said, “Mary has chosen the better part....” Saint Paul’s teaching on celibacy can assist us understand this. Although he rated celibacy higher, he did not condemn marriage, cf. 1Cor 7:38.
God wants us to be Christians wherever we are – in the church, in the kitchen, in the market, in the field, in the school, and so on. However, Saint Paul wrote, “...faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ” (Rom 10:17). Mary’s part is to be seen in Martha’s. Otherwise it is useless, cf. Jas 2:17.26. And Martha’s is useless if it is not informed by Mary’s. We must take the gospel of Christ to all creatures.
Bible Reading: Ps 150:1-6; Jas 2:14-26.
Thought for today: You belong to God.
Let us pray: Lord, give us the grace to be your witnesses to all creatures – Amen.
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