Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh 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 (Jul Elden D. Nuique)
A Christian always listens to Christ. It is essential to his nature to put the will of God before his own. He drops all personal concerns and carries out the intention of his Creator to the best of his ability. Once he reaches his limit, he trusts in God to continue providing what is necessary for the completion of the assignment.
In today’s readings, we see the Ninevites obeying the prophet Jonah, the mouthpiece of God, as he journeys through the city announcing doom for Nineveh unless they repent of their wickedness and turn back to the Lord. The alacrity of their response, with single-mindedness and firm conviction, gives us a clear description of how to be Christians.
The Gospel pericope also contrasts between listening and serving God. Yet, to be sure, sitting at the foot of Christ must lead to serving God and our neighbor. We can simply say that focusing on the person of Christ must precede any personal action.
When I relate it to priestly formation, it is no wonder that seminarians need to spend at least five years of training before they become ordained ministers. Focusing on Christ, imbibing his person and teachings and transforming into another Christ is not an overnight thing. The Paschal Mystery of Christ needs witnessing by the seminarian. God must be the priest’s sole reason for living and his only source of sustenance.
As Christians, we all need to be dependent on Christ just as He lived out His dependence on God the Father. We listen to the Lord’s voice, obey His commands, and do our best to follow what the Father wills for us, using our God-given talents.