XVI Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C

Posté par diaconos le 16 juillet 2019

Martha and Mary In Luke's Gospel, Jesus contrasts the contemplation of Mary with Martha's action. What is the meaning of this scene that inspired the great painters of the Renaissance or the poet Claudel ?

Martha and Mary
In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus contrasts the contemplation of Mary with Martha’s action. What is the meaning of this scene that inspired the great painters of the Renaissance or the poet Claudel ?

16th Sunday of Ordinary Time → Gen 18:1-10a ; Ps 14:15 ; Co 1:24-28 ; Lk 10:38-42

Gospel At the Home of Martha and Mary

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself ? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”  (Lk 10:38-42)

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Homily  God invites himself… How will we welcome him ?

The first reading, from the book of Genesis, gives us a good example of oriental hospitality.  She shows us Abraham’s generosity and acute sense of hospitality, his spontaneity when he ran to meet visitors coming to his home at the hottest time of the day, his deference to them, the organization of the unexpected reception and the abundance of food were signs of his welcoming generosity.

It is a kind of hospitality that we still find in poor countries, but which is rarer in rich countries.  When wealth is accumulated, the desire to protect it obviously develops, and one becomes less inclined to share it, except selectively and easily ostentatious.

Abraham received and listened to the Lord who came to visit him. Its reception was an act of faith. Do we know how to recognize God’s passage through our daily encounters? What hospitality do we have in our homes, in our hearts and in our times, for the poor, the small, the oppressed, the immigrant ?

In the service of God and our brothers and sisters, do we give ourselves sparingly or generously ?  Today’s Gospel reminds us how much our relationships must not miss the essential: listening to the Word of God. God always gives to whoever receives it. Accepting his Word is always a source of fertility.

One day while Jesus was on his way with his disciples, he entered a village where a woman called Martha received him in her house. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at her feet, attentive to her Word (Lk 10, 38b-39) The great familiarity with which Martha spoke to Jesus indicates that there was a deep relationship between them that can only exist between two people who listen to each other.

In the hospitality service, there are various essential elements: you must receive the host, converse with him, prepare him a meal and offer him various services. There is no real hospitality without all these elements. Martha and Mary shared all these elements.
Everything they did, constitutes the integral service of hospitality. Martha and Mary complement each other. Neither is better than the other.

The first reading and the Gospel teach us that God does not only want to call us to his table, but that he also wants to be invited to ours. He wants to be our guest, as he was Martha’s guest who received him in his house and Abraham’s guest who received him in the tent. God presents Himself to us in the person of the stranger, the poor, the rejected, the refugees and the homeless. If we listen to his Word, Jesus and his Father will make their home in us.

We are worried and we are agitated about many things. Only one thing is necessary, Jesus tells us. Only one thing is required, and this is Mary’s attitude, listening to the words of Jesus, turning our eyes and hearts to him, not only attentive but also receptive to what he says » (Quote from John Paul II, July 17, 1983).

Dear brothers and sisters, we need to convince ourselves that what is most important for us, the only necessary thing, is this deep love, this ardent love, that leads us to stand close to Jesus, following the example of Mary, to listen to his word, to draw from his gaze and let us penetrate by his divine presence.

Michel Houyoux, Permanent Deacon

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♥ bIBLE STUDY SERIES : click here →  Mary Listens while Martha Labors

Mary or Martha ? Who should you be ?

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