Sunday Reflection by S. Rose Marie Weckenmann, OSF

Martha & Mary, in public domain, source: Wiki Commons

Reflection for July 21, 2013

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading:Genesis 18:1-10
Second Reading: Col. 1:24-28

Gospel: Luke 10:38-42
In the Gospel reading, Jesus treats both Martha and Mary lovingly and accepts each one’s gift as she has offered it.  Martha’s gift is her hospitality.  Mary’s gift is her presence and attention.  Jesus is not being ungrateful for Martha’s hard work.  He is just pointing out that Martha’s serving seems to have become more important than her guest.  Do I sometimes put my service to guests above the guests?  In what ways do I sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to his word?
God of loving kindness, help us to cultivate a personal relationship with Jesus and carry out lives of compassionate service to others.  Move us to offer hospitality to strangers, especially the immigrant in our midst.  We pray in Jesus’ name.

Rose Marie Weckenmann, OSF

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