Tuesday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Tuesday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

October 8, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast: St. Denis and Companions

Jonah 3:1-10

Psalm 130

Luke 10:38-42

In today’s Gospel we are encouraged to welcome Jesus into our lives with heart and hands.  Some scholars say that the two sisters, Martha and Mary, symbolize two essential aspects of the Church: prayer and service.  Martha, busy with many duties, welcomes Jesus with her hands as she prepares the meal.  Mary, like a rabbinic disciple, sits at Jesus’ feet and welcomes Him with a listening heart.  Both are doing “the one thing necessary,” listening to the Word of God – but in different ways.  Service without love will not do.  Prayer without action will be deficient.  Holding these two in balance can be a challenge for all of us.

We read how Martha becomes distracted from the role of welcoming Jesus with her hands through service by wanting to pull Mary away from listening at the feet of Jesus.  She mirrors the tension between the two sons in the Prodigal Son story; one dutiful in the tasks at hand, the other receiving the extravagant love and attention of the father.  It also helps us to realize that this episode in the Gospel of Luke, which focuses on “the one necessary thing” and “choosing the better part,” follows the story of the Good Samaritan, a pre-eminent example of the Word of God in action.

 “Blessed are they who have heard the Word, embrace it with a generous heart, and bear fruit.”  (Luke 8:11-15)

Question of the Day: Does your love for God and neighbor allow you to use your heart and hands as used by the “Good Samaritan?”

Prayer: Father, give us generous hearts to welcome Your Word and receive Your Spirit so we can know Your will in the midst of our anxieties and frustrations.  May we rejoice in the fruit You bring from our efforts to hear You’re Word and follow Your Spirit.  Give us today the bread of faith.

Prosit


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