The Gospel Today
Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus entered a village
where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.
She had a sister named Mary
who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.
Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said,
“Lord, do you not care
that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?
Tell her to help me.”
The Lord said to her in reply,
“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.”
Reflection (Sem. Mark Ian Abu):
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing.” These verses of the Gospel struck me especially the latter part; -There is need of only one thing-. I asked myself, what is that one thing that the Lord was telling Martha? What is that very important thing that I need to do?
Considering the attitude of the two sisters, there was nothing wrong on what they were doing. Martha was busy preparing the food for the Lord which is important and Mary was busy listening to what the Lord was saying which is also necessary. But at the end, the Lord reminded Martha that she was anxious of many things yet there was only one thing to do. Jesus visited the two sisters, who are his friends, not only to taste the food that they will prepare but most of all to enjoy their company and experiences. The Lord is not after what can they give or offer but He is after their good friendship.
This is very evident to us especially when we have visitors. We are very busy preparing the things they will need, the food they will eat, the room they will use and many others. And to our surprise, they are not after all these things but rather they want somebody to talk with and share their experiences.
Moreover, I realized that important thing that the Lord is telling in the Gospel. It is the time and moments that we spend in listening and staying with Him. The Lord is not after what I can offer or what can I do for him but He just wants me to know Him more and to love Him in my own little ways.
Let us remember that our number one competitor in loving the Lord is our work for the Lord. Let us ask ourselves, do I offer time talking with the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament? Do I listen to Him while reading the Bible?