The Gospel Today
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 (Sem. Marlon Landicho):
People are presented with choices everyday. Even at the start of the waking hours, choices have to be made. It is either to do this or that and whatever that choice, it has to be lived out. The choices people make also reflect their own personal values and beliefs. The way they conduct themselves shows the character of the person that will always create an impact on him.
Our Gospel today shows how two choices can affect the lives of the people. Martha chose to be in the realm of service and active life. Mary on the other hand chose to be in prayer with the Lord. Both of them chose what is good. God allows people to make their own personal choice based on their personal volition however, it must be made clear that in every choice that needs to be made, the will of God should always be considered. Active life and prayer needs to coincide with one another. It can never be on either the extreme active life without prayer or prayer without an active life. Often we hear people saying that we need to strike a balance in everything that we do. Same is true with the reading today. Yes both Mary and Martha chose the things they ought to do but in the end, this led them to be closer to God.
In our everyday living, we need to make sure that whatever we choose in life, this should lead us closer to God and a deeper relationship with Him should always flourish everyday. Whatever we do, we need to have an integrated life of service and prayer born out of love for God.
Continue to ask God the grace that His will may perfectly be done in our lives today. That we may be able to do His holy will as we continue to live the life that He has chosen for us to live.