Posted by: livingscripture | October 7, 2014


From the Word of the Day clothed with the sun

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.”

 (Luke 10, 41-42)

How should we live this Word

In our daily life we are often assailed by many things, although at times unwillingly.  Dedicating ourselves to multiple activities is right, but with the understanding that we must not let ourselves lose the unifying center of our being that prevents us from fragmenting.  The center of unity is LISTENING TO THE WORD.  This is indispensable and fundamental, not optional or an alternative to something else.  This is the gist of the story of Martha and Mary and we find this also in Luke’s entire Gospel.  “Blessed are those who listen to the Word of God and keep it”.  To keep it is akin to listening to it.

The Word is to be listened to at length in silence.  Silence is the space that keeps the Word and allows our heart to reorient itself.  Only a person unified by the Word assimilated in silence can discover the golden thread that knows how to find its place in our daily lives during situations that can crowd in on us, and become indecipherable and ungovernable.  LISTENING TO THE WORD, and only this, is the guiding thread that leads us through the labyrinth of our frenetic activity.

But this alone is not enough.  There must be no dichotomy between our listening to the Word and our activity.  They do not go side by side, or follow each other chronologically.  Rather, there must be a true and deep vital unity.  LISTENING TO THE WORD must be the center, the soul, the fulcrum that propels our work in the service of others.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will remain in silent listening to the Word and let the Word impregnate my entire day. 

Lord, help me to have an adoring and listening heart, like Mary, Your Mother, the Listening woman. 

The voice of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, Carmelite Saint

How indispensable is this beautiful unity of the soul that wants to live the life of the blessed on earth.  I think the Teacher was thinking of this when He spoke to Mary of the only thing necessary.  How well this great Saint must have understood it!  The eye of her soul, illumined by the light of faith, recognized her God under the veil of His humanity and in silence, in the unity of her energy, she listened to His Word.  She knew nothing else but Him.

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