16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
19 Jul 2019

Most of us at one time or another have experienced the fret and fuss of a Martha and Mary clash of temperament in the home.  And in the end, we are left wondering just how does the Martha-Mary story fit into our lives and what exactly the Lord is saying to us through it.  The Gospel is telling us that no matter how busy we are we should take time to sit quietly and find the Lord in our world of work and to be guided by him.  It is easy to get our priorities wrong because all our waking moments are busy ones with little time for sitting at the feet of Jesus, reflecting on our lives. The danger is that if we do not take time to listen to the word of God and to pray, we become slaves to our duties. We rush about and yet the important things can be forgotten and remain undone.  One of the great difficulties in life is that we neglect people because we do not have the time to sit down and listen to them. Our approach is often based on what we can do for others; how we can smother them in kindness, whereas, what they are really looking for is our company.  Time spent visiting those in nursing homes who have no one to visit them is time spent in the company of God, for what we do to others we do to Christ.  All the everyday happenings of life are part of our Christian lives and provide an opportunity for working out our salvation.