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Weekly Gospel Reflection
Fr. Luke passed away on August 10. Prior to his illness, he had prepared gospel reflections for each Sunday of the Liturgical year. We will continue to share his wisdom and faith.
Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

July 21, 2019—Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  Luke 10:38-42

Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

Today’s Gospel tells the story of two very different sisters. Mary talks with Jesus while Martha prepares dinner. Martha complains to Jesus that she has to do all the work. Jesus replies: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing.” When I was studying Scripture in my seminary days, the professor joked that Martha might have been preparing too many main courses, like fish, lamb, and chicken. So Jesus told her that only one thing, one dish, was necessary!

Seriously, many people sympathize with Martha, the hard worker. But notice that Jesus did not criticize her serving dinner, but for being “anxious and worried.” Notice also that instead of speaking directly to Mary and asking for help, Martha complained to Jesus as if Mary were a non-person.

Martha needed to calm down, but Mary was far from perfect. If she had helped with the cooking, the meal would have been prepared more quickly. Both sisters could then have visited with Jesus, and everybody would have had a more relaxed evening.

Work is important. Saint Paul wrote: “Anyone who does not work should not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). But time with Jesus is more important. We must listen to him and speak with him in prayer and Scripture. Above all, we should be with Jesus at the meal where he comes into the home of our hearts, the Eucharist. Whatever the demands of our work, when we are at Mass we must be attentive to Jesus as he speaks to us in the Gospel, and we should enjoy conversing with him, especially when we receive him in Holy Communion.

Another Mary, our Blessed Mother, spent thirty years with Jesus in the home at Nazareth. She did the housework, AND she enjoyed being with Jesus. Our Blessed Mother turned everything into that one thing necessary. She shows us that life is Christ.

Read last week's reflection.