The Gospel Today
Memorial of St. Martha
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. Julius de Gracia):
Martha wanted to please the visitation of the Lord Jesus by preparing in the best way she can in attending to the human needs of Jesus. While Mary is just amazed in the very presence of Jesus and in awe listening to His teachings. Thus in the end Jesus was able to say; “Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken away from her.” (Lk. 10:42) It is not mentioned in the gospel that the Lord is displeased by the actions of Martha, He just clarified to Martha that the very need of Jesus that time more than food and shelter is her “listening and believing heart.”
Yes brothers and sisters God is complete, He does not need anything or is dependent on anyone else. But God has a deep longing in each and every one of us, He wanted to engage in us always not because He needs us but because He is very eager to share His infinite love and mercy to each and every one of us. The presence of Mary listening at the feet of Jesus is not the need of Jesus, but Jesus was pleased because finally a restless heart and mind of Martha finally settled to one thing important and necessary “to be with God.” Jesus was pleased because He can now share what the Father in heaven wants people and creatures to see, feel and hear from Jesus that is His eternal and faithful love.
Thus brothers and sisters we are invited to imitate Mary, the sister of Martha that in this day as God will visit the home of our restless hearts, afflicted spirit and confused minds we are to pause and trustingly rest in the presence of God in the Eucharist, in the confessional and in all sacraments of the Church, where God continuously and patiently awaits us always, to bless us, receive us, forgive and heal us.
Brothers and sisters the answer of God to our unworthiness now is forgiveness. The answer of Jesus to our sickness and failing health is healing both body and soul, and in every doubt and confusion God will console us and give us hope. That is a promise to each and every one of us baptized and believers of Christ – thus we must always choose to listen in order to believe and rest in the abode of God’s mercy and love through Jesus Christ.
Let us continue to reflect on the Word, live out its meaning so that we can bear witness to Christ in a faithful and fruitful way. Amen.