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Reflections

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October 09, 2018 (Tuesday of Week 27 Year II)

 

Too anxious

 

Dear friends in Christ, it is human to be anxious about many things. Some times people worry even about things that are not important. Jesus however calls us to choose that which is important. 

Today’s gospel (Luke 10:38-42) presents Jesus as a guest in the house of Martha and Mary. Mary sat at the Lord’s feet listening, while Martha, busied herself with preparing a meal for their guest. There is no doubt about Martha’s sense of hospitality, she must however learn to balance it up. We often do this for our guests as well, the only problem is that we have to leave the same guest, either alone or before the television or with our albums while we busy about providing refreshment. 

 

Martha complained by asking Jesus, to tell Mary to help her in the kitchen. Surely, Martha wanted to listen to Jesus too, but was distracted by the serving. We sometimes forget God while we work hard to get things done. Is it not possible for someone to do so much charity work and forget to pray, or substitute work for prayer. There are times when people work hard to prepare for church events, like: harvest, carols and other celebrations without attending the Mass of the celebration remaining in the kitchen or running around to prepare for the reception. What of couples who prepare so hard and spend time dressing, only to get to their own wedding late? Many guests to weddings do not even bother to attend the church, they go straight to the reception; which is of greater importance? While providing food is good, we must not forget the one who will eat it. After all, the Lord had said, “Man does not live on bread alone.” That is true as well for parents who work so hard to earn a good living and to pay their children’s fees, but have no time for the same children, only to abandon them to house-helps or boarding houses which sometimes are only—places where people offload their ‘burdens.’ Are your children burdens?

 

The response of the Lord to Martha, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful,” is not a rebuke, but a challenge on our attitude to hospitality, it is also a lesson about our pre-occupations with the things of the world and about detachment from material things. We are so often concerned about what we earn, what we wear, the value of our property and our investments, the status of our job, our pension status and the success of our children that we sometimes forget the most important which is our salvation, based on our relationship with God. “Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her.” Rather than identify with Mary only in this passage, we must see ourselves in both Mary and Martha and work on improving our relationship with God.

 

Let us pray: Lord, I give my life to you, take me as I am. Fill me from the abundance of your goodness and make me watchful in keeping your commandments. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen

 

 

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