09 October 2018; With Lord, with His time

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Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

First Reading: Gal 1:13–24; Gospel Reading: Lk 10:38-42

The greatest difficulty that face in our spiritual life may be lack of time for prayer. At the very outset, it is not true to integrate both prayer and our activities. Recently, one of our professors shared a thoughtful reflection on prayer. “Prayer is finding time for one who has given time for us.” The story of Martha and Mary invites to reflect on this message. Like Martha, we too have so many things to worry. This is true irrespective of the age. Students may be worried about their exams, youngsters about their career, a married couple they may be anxious about family matters, old people have issues connected to their health etc. It is quite natural that when a well-known rabbi visiting her family, she cannot keep him in empty stomach. Therefore, she had to worry about the arrangement of the fellowship in his honour. But the Master reminds her about certain priorities in our life. The supreme priority of life is our relationship with God. In fact, her sister Mary recognized this priority and she chose to remain with the Lord. It is true that we cannot spend the whole day in prayer like Martha, we need to work to meet the challenges of our day to day life. At the same time, we should not forget the Marian dimension that reminds about the primacy of spiritual in our day to day life.

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