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In his gospel, Luke frequently shows women in places of honor. In today’s gospel Mary is presented as sitting at Jesus’ feet to receive his teaching, the posture of a disciple, a man’s role in that time and place. Mary’s presumptuous posture and the attention she was receiving may have embarrassed or even aggravated Martha. Martha may have suspected, as many in our society seem to do, that Jesus loved her ‘spiritual’ sister more than herself, and Jesus had little regard for the mundane work she was doing in the kitchen.
It’s no wonder Martha was distracted! Her hands were busy but her resentment was busier. How are we to understand the complementary nature of Martha’s hospitality in meeting Jesus’ need for food and Mary’s longing for personal communion with him?
Our love must become incarnate in whatever we do to meet the needs of others. Thus, our good work, whether cooking a meal or voting for a bill in Congress, becomes a sacrament or an effective sign of our self-giving love.
Now let’s think about how much energy we put into the Lord’s work in an age when people are self-serving, self-centered, and self-indulgent rather than listening to the words of God and each other.
Why is our service for Christ, sometimes performed in a halfhearted manner? Why do some people who pursue earthly goals put us to shame with their diligence? The solution is found in the balance of our service to the Lord with both Martha’s diligence to service and Mary’s contemplation of his Word.
St. John’s student Winifred Edjeani created the non-profit organization Wekem to help children in Ghana pursue their education. […]
Overview of the meeting of the Vincentian Famliy in Central America (FAVICA), which took place in San Salvador, El Salvador, from June 7-9. […]
Beginning in this week of July in 1830, St. Catherine Labouré, then a young Seminary Sister (novice) of the Daughters of Charity, received the extraordinary favor of three apparitions with the […]
I hear a lot of arguments about who is a “real” Christian or Catholic. Sometimes they sound suspiciously like the platforms of one or the other political party. They often remind me […]
The “Vincentian Family of North America Social Justice Representatives Collaboration Climate Change Statement” written several years ago invites us to respond to the crisis of global […]
In March 2017, the superior General of the Congregation of the Mission and his council approved the creation of the Vincentian International Network for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation. […]
“You know how unwilling we are to deny ourselves, how unwilling to be reproved and contradicted, how a trifling thing will make us sad, how we delight to be commended while, with a sort of natural cruelty we see blame and faults in others which we are scarcely willing to excuse.” – St. Elizabeth Ann […]
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