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Tuesday of the 27th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

October 8, 2019

Tuesday of the 27th Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Jonah 3:1-10

Psalm 130: 1-2, 3-4, 7bc-8

Luke 10:38-42

 

Gospel Reading

 

Jesus entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her."

 

Reflection


Martha and Mary – Action with Dedication

 

Martha and Mary are two characters which complement each other in one’s relationship to Jesus. One has to keep the right balance of these two aspects in one’s relationship to Jesus. Only then can one’s dedication and commitment to him become active and fruitful.


A good plan or a good idea needs efficient engagement in order to realize it. Without physical effort ideas cannot take concrete forms. In the same way, whatever may be the works, they are meaningful only in relation to the concept or plan to which they try to give shape. Only in view of the plan can the efforts be carried out purposefully.


When Jesus said to Martha that she was concerned about many things and Mary has chosen the one thing that is necessary, he was trying to show the right balance that is required for following him as disciples. The “one thing” needed for a disciple is undivided attention and commitment Jesus. The disciple should meet Jesus in a unique manner in the depths of his/her heart. Meeting Jesus in the cave of one’s heart is like the discovery of a hidden treasure. It justifies the apparent inaction of contemplation, as in the case of Maria.


Every discovery has a gratuitous nature. Human efforts are rewarded with a surprise which surpasses the efforts themselves. In the meeting with Jesus in contemplation the disciple is gifted as a surprise with the source of joy which flows forth as enthusiasm and energy to action. It is this experience of joy that turns Maria into Martha, who gets engaged in her actions of love and service. But Jesus would warn Martha that she should not be so preoccupied with action that she forgets contemplation, the source of grace and inner energy.


Christian discipleship is characteristically a movement, that is, following Jesus, walking with him, moving with him. It is like undergoing a process of becoming, a process of growing into maturity. The disciple has to attain the perfection of the Master – Jesus who is the model of imitation. When Jesus says: “I am the way, the truth and the life,” he means to say that the disciple should undertake a pilgrimage in view of the fullness of life ahead of him. Martha and Mary represent the disciple’s moving (action) as well as living (contemplation) with Jesus. 

 

Dr. Sebastian Elavathingal CMI

 

 


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