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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Tuesday of the 27th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

October 9, 2018

Tuesday of the 27th Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Gal 1: 13-24,

Gospel LK 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."

 

Martha and Mary

 

Chetan Bhagat in his book ‘What Young India wants’ writes a short story titled “Of Ducks and Crocodiles”. The story is about a village where people made and nourished a lake so dearly but the crocodiles that penetrated into it spoiled the whole atmosphere. The ducks who enjoyed the serenity of the village and coolness of the lake could not trace the danger of crocodiles in the deep waters neither did they warn the villagers of the impending danger before almost 50 children were missing in the lake. People who are deeply immersed in something may not know what is happening around. But this blind meditation is not the contemplation we mean in the Gospels.


Action and contemplation are the two sides of the same coin of Christian Spirituality. One complements the other.  These mutual complementarities ensure that a comprehensive and integrated Christian living is disposed among the brethren.


Martha and Mary are vivid charisma and characters of our community. We cannot blame poor Martha for expressing her feelings so freely to the Master who knows the hidden hearts. If Mary is enjoying the presence of the Lord, Martha is enjoying the freedom at His presence which enables her to make open accusation that her sister left her alone to work.


Everybody is unique in following his faith. As St. Paul said, ‘God calls everyone out of His great Love’. This love is multifaceted that it has innumerable expressions. One cannot underestimate the inner feelings and intentions of the other, neither their objectives in exercising their spiritual life. In nation where religious pluralism is completely dynamic one has to be very generous towards the feelings of the other in observing, judging and appreciating the religious practices. Do not judge people for their outward expressions. Moreover they can complement each other to live a peaceful life.


Jesus said, “......see Mary has chosen the better part.” We should follow the example of Mary, who added to what Martha did. In the old manuscripts the verse is- “Mary also sat down” In the world where the faithful are giving too much attention towards the outward extravaganzas and forget the inner depth of religious practices it is worth to reflect what is more important, the rubrics and rituals or the simple faith that fetches rewarding spiritual life?


Fr. Biju Tharaniyil CMI


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