July 21 – Sunday
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Gospel Reading LK 10:38-42
The friendship between Jesus and the family at Bethany – Martha, Mary and Lazarus – is beautifully described in the eleventh chapter of the Gospel of John. It is a household where Jesus is warmly, even intimately, welcomed. This is less evident in today's reading from Luke, which speaks rather of the tension in the household, as a result of the unfair division of labour between the two sisters. All of us can recognise this scenario! It is important not to lose sight of the domestic ordinariness; delightful, even if this is a moment of tension.
Most significant in this story is the attitude taken by Mary, sitting attentively at the feet of Jesus listening to what he was saying. As a true disciple, Mary recognises that Jesus has far more to offer her in terms of spiritual nourishment than she or Martha can offer him. Each of us has to find the balance between service of the Kingdom and moments of serious attentiveness to God. Both the active and contemplative dimensions of Christian life are necessary.
Jesus, help us to balance our busy life. Help us to find time for our personal connection with you. Amen