10/10/2023 (Tuesday) Today’s gospel reading: Luke 10:38-42
38 Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.
39 She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.
40 Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.”
41 The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.
42 There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”
10/10/2023 (Tuesday) Today’s gospel reflection / homily / sermon: Luke 10:38-42
What will you do when a famous personality visits your home unannounced? Perhaps you’ll panicked because you are caught unprepared. Maybe you will quickly fix the sofa so the visitor may sit comfortably and rush to the kitchen to make food and drinks. But what if suddenly the visitor does not like to eat anything?
On the other hand, what about if you have been told that a famous person is coming to your house? You may not panic but you would still be anxious and perhaps summon the whole household to make the necessary preparation. This was the case of Martha in our gospel reading above. Jesus said she was anxious and worried about many things.
Indeed, many times we are so caught up with worldly things that we often forget how to enjoy life. Many times we are worried about the things money can buy that we forget the things that money cannot buy. Many times we are so engaged with work that we forget why we are working in the first place. Let’s think also of rest but above all, think why we are living in the first place. Are we alive just to work?
Jesus is telling us that there are more important things than just work and food. The gospel is telling us that Jesus is more important than anything else. It is telling us that the Word is more important than work.