Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time (II) (09th October, 2018) on the Gospel
Ps 138:1-3.13-15. (R. v.24);
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....” It seems that Saint Paul’s teaching on celibacy followed this line. Although he praised celibacy, but he did not condemn marriage either, cf. 1Cor 7:38.
God wants us to be Christians wherever we are – in the church, in the kitchen, in the market, 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. And Martha’s is useless if it is not informed by Mary’s. Just “...as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so faith apart from works is dead” (Jas 2:26).
Bible Reading: Ps 150:1-6.
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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