August 17, 2022

REFLECTIONS TODAY

LUKE 10:38-42

Martha needs help. She asks Jesus to tell her sister Mary to help her in the kitchen. She is hard up preparing the food for Jesus. Jesus gently reprimands Martha for being too busy. She can simplify her preparation, which should not take much time and energy. Jesus affirms the gesture of Mary who sits at his feet, listening to his words. She knows her priority. Many times we cannot establish deep relationship with Jesus because we are so concerned about non-essentials. We are distracted by many details. We put so much emphasis on what pleases the eye, like the food presentation and the ambience. Thus, we miss the chance to go deeper into the spirit of Jesus. Mary’s posture actually should help her sister Martha to set her priorities right and to avoid exaggerations.

In the story, Jesus gently reminds us that we should strive to become attentive listeners like Mary.
The First Reading tells us of the hospitality of Abraham and Sarah to the Lord who appears as three men passing by. Abraham invites them for a refreshment. He asks Sarah to prepare food. Sarah frantically and joyfully obeys and so prepares some food for them, without saying anything, without complaints. Because of this, God announces that soon she will bear a son.

The Second Reading relates how Paul suffers as a minister, a steward of God’s mysteries hidden in the past. Now they are revealed by Christ whom he proclaims, and by whom he teaches with wisdom and admonishes everyone.

Source: “365 Days with the Lord 2022,” St. Pauls, 7708 St. Paul Rd., SAV, Makati City (Phils.); Tel.: 632-895-9701; Fax 632-895-7328; E-mail: publishing@stpauls.ph; Website: http://www.stpauls.ph.

REFLECTIONS TODAY

LUKE 10:38-42

Martha needs help. She asks Jesus to tell her sister Mary to help her in the kitchen. She is hard up preparing the food for Jesus. Jesus gently reprimands Martha for being too busy. She can simplify her preparation, which should not take much time and energy. Jesus affirms the gesture of Mary who sits at his feet, listening to his words. She knows her priority. Many times we cannot establish deep relationship with Jesus because we are so concerned about non-essentials. We are distracted by many details. We put so much emphasis on what pleases the eye, like the food presentation and the ambience. Thus, we miss the chance to go deeper into the spirit of Jesus. Mary’s posture actually should help her sister Martha to set her priorities right and to avoid exaggerations.

In the story, Jesus gently reminds us that we should strive to become attentive listeners like Mary.
The First Reading tells us of the hospitality of Abraham and Sarah to the Lord who appears as three men passing by. Abraham invites them for a refreshment. He asks Sarah to prepare food. Sarah frantically and joyfully obeys and so prepares some food for them, without saying anything, without complaints. Because of this, God announces that soon she will bear a son.

The Second Reading relates how Paul suffers as a minister, a steward of God’s mysteries hidden in the past. Now they are revealed by Christ whom he proclaims, and by whom he teaches with wisdom and admonishes everyone.

Source: “365 Days with the Lord 2022,” St. Pauls, 7708 St. Paul Rd., SAV, Makati City (Phils.); Tel.: 632-895-9701; Fax 632-895-7328; E-mail: publishing@stpauls.ph; Website: http://www.stpauls.ph.

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