Living and Surviving

October 10, 2017
Tuesday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Luke 10:38-42

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. Lester John D. Cabais)

There are a lot of uncertainties in the world nowadays. Uncertainties concerning what food to eat, or even with how parents can give to their children the best education. It can be building one’s business and making it competitive in the market, or keeping one’s position in a certain company with a desire for high salary grade and perks. For some, it might be in choosing where to invest money to have a more secured future. Ever since, man battles this uncertainties making him busy and worried with a lot of things, thus, missing some of the most important aspects of life.

There is an old song which I can still remember singing when I was younger and it goes something like this, “I don’t know who holds tomorrow but I know who holds my hand.” This song always gives me an assurance that Christ holds me and sustains me with His grace and mercy. We worry too much on what awaits for us tomorrow, but we are never aware of our communion with God. We are so anxious and overwhelmed with a lot of uncertainties of day to day life, yet, we never even spent time praying for God’s help and guidance.

In the Gospel, Mary chose to stay at the foot of Christ listening to him instead of making herself busy doing a lot of stuff. She chose the better part and that is to be close and in communion with the Lord. This is an invitation for us to set our eyes and our attention to Jesus. Life is hard and full of worries but let our faith overcome these by simply spending precious time at the foot of the cross. No one can ever go wrong when you put God first. Like Martha, we worry about many things in our lives, but we can still choose to be like Mary – despite her awareness of her tasks, she still spent time to attend to and listen to Christ. Find time to visit the nearest adoration chapel and choose the better part.

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