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October 8, 2019

Daily Reflection for Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to read and reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/100819.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the references are:
First Reading: Jonah 3:1-10
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 130:1-4, 7-8
Gospel:  Luke 10:38-42

Our reflection on Tuesday’s readings:
“Martha had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.  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.” (Luke 10:39-40)

It’s 15 minutes before Mass will begin.  Some early arrivals pray in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel or in the pews.  Like Mary in today’s Gospel, these people are sitting “beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.”  The Martha-s who will serve at this Mass are getting ready:
   -- Eucharistic Ministers prepare the gifts of bread and wine.
   -- Lectors take a last look at their readings.
   -- Musicians and singers are rehearsing.
   -- Ushers greet parishioners.
   -- Servers don their robes and discuss their individual responsibilities.
   -- Mass Coordinators keep tabs on everything.

Like Martha in today’s Gospel, these people are “burdened with much serving.”  Some are “anxious and worried about many things.”  What impact will the Colt’s game have on Mass attendance?  How many hosts should we put out?  How can I best proclaim that scripture passage? 

It’s easy for me to be like Martha.  I tend to measure myself by what I do and achieve.  My desire to “do and serve” initially drew me to be a writer for St. Monica’s reflection ministry.  I thought that with my training and experience, writing reflections wouldn’t be that hard.  Wrong!!

Part of what I’ve learned in my years of service is the importance of giving more voice to the Mary who also dwells within me.  It’s not until I’ve spent time “beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak” that I can begin to understand how God is present to me in the daily readings.  The Mary within me helps the Martha within me – and vice versa.

That’s the true message in today’s Gospel.  Like Mary, I’m called to listen for God’s voice.  But like Martha I’m called to put myself in God’s service and share it with you.  The lesson in today’s Gospel is not who’s behavior is more appropriate.  Both are needed . . . both are holy.

If I’m inclined to be like Mary and spend time at Jesus’ feet listening to him, I must not take the Martha-s in our community for granted, but encourage and help them.  And if I’m like Martha, how can I make more time for prayer and reflection?  As I find balance in my life, and act from a heart filled with love, I will grow in my freedom from anxiety and worry.

Peace, my friends,
Bill Bradbury

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