Posted by: livingscripture | October 6, 2015

27th Tuesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.  There is need of only one thing.”     

(Luke 10: 41-42)

How should we live this WordMary and Martha

 This is the well-known episode of Martha and Mary, the gracious hostesses with whom Jesus feels very welcomed.  However, it can be  a scene that is superficially interpreted.  In fact, Mary becomes the symbol of a life in which contemplation is predominant and Martha a symbol of every kind of apostolic activity.

If we penetrate into Luke’s account with the light and fire of the Holy Spirit, we will understand that Jesus is not scolding Martha.  In fact, it was Martha herself who had invited Him.  When Jesus affectionately repeats Martha’s name, it shows He is concerned for her good and nothing else.  Jesus wants to correct in Martha an activity that is too hurried, preoccupied, and anxious.  This is what often marks our actions as well.  It is true that life around us is hurried and more given to overdoing than to pace our days according to being, a true being that is involved in loving.

Certainly, Jesus enjoyed the good food prepared by Martha, just as He relished the contemplative attitude of Mary.  He only wanted to show the very active Martha that there was something that needed to change, to be completed and bettered.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I ask Jesus to help me live a balanced life, one that is both contemplative and active, as He did.

Lord, give me the contemplative heart of Mary that was always interiorly immersed in Your adorable presence and in listening to Your Word.  Give me also the active hands of Martha and her concern to nourish You, Your Mystical Body, through taking care of my sisters and brothers.

 The Voice of Don Timothy Radcliff, Contemporary Dominican and Author

 We must allow the Gospel to lead us to silence and listening to the Word above all.  However, we are called to assume in God’s Word all the joys and sorrows of God’s people, recognizing Christ who lives and dies in that Body.

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