I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Reflection for October 6, Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 10:38-42

Gospel: Luke 10:38-42
Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She 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.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”
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What does habitual prayer do to us? What does daily bible reading do to us? What does consistent presence at the Celebration of the Holy Mass do to us? These actions if done with piety would bring us closer to Jesus.

In today’s gospel our attention is brought on the two actions of sisters Mary and Martha with Jesus at the center of it all.

When Mary recognized her Lord and Savior she didn’t do anything except to sat and listen to His wisdom and life changing words. This is what we do when we pray, this is what we do when we read the bible with all of our being and this is what we do when we reverently worship Jesus when we attend the celebration of the Holy Eucharist (Mass).

Jesus obviously favored the worshipful action of Mary for it is through this she could grow in closeness with Jesus. This is what Jesus wants for all of us too: To be close to Him. What does our closeness to Jesus do to us?

It creates awareness within us that life in this world is temporary and fleeting, it opens our minds to the immense blessings that we can have the moment we spend time with Jesus. It teaches us that we must always live and share our lives with others especially to those who are in need.

How about Martha? She did no wrong to Jesus in fact what she was doing was for the benefit of Jesus. However, it would have not cost her much time if she first listened to the life changing words of Jesus before doing her work.

As we continue our temporary journey; we will be compelled by the demands of this world to get busy and to work for our survival. But amidst these worldly things let us not forget to first allocate time for God. Let us first listen to the wisdom of God and the life changing words of Jesus.

Do you always give time first for Jesus before doing your daily activities? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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