29 July, 2017: Hearers vs Doers

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Memorial of St. Martha

Reading1: Ex. 24. 3-8; Gospel: Lk. 10. 38 – 42.

To talk with God
No breath is lost
Talk on
To walk with God
No strength is lost
Walk on
To wait on God
No time is lost
Wait on

The Gospel of today proves the above said poem. Jesus says to Martha, “Martha, Martha, Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her”. At this point a question can arise in our minds, was Martha wrong? No, Jesus does not condemn her. Jesus reminds what her priority should be. Jesus again says “Martha you are worried and distracted by many things”. But she lacked one thing, the willingness to listen to His words. Moses was busy with his flock at Horeb, Saul was searching for his father’s lost sheep, David was busy caring for his father’s sheep, James and John were busy mending their nets, Mathew was busy collecting taxes and Saul was busy persecuting the friends of Jesus. But, there was a moment a crucial moment which changed their lives, ‘a moment of listening,’ they listened to the voice of the Lord. when they were willing and available to listen God could work through them and manifest his divine will of love and salvation to the people of God.
We are all living in a world where the value of listening has lost its significance. The character of Mary in the Gospel of today reminds our prime duty to listen to the will of God and thus being the doers of the will of God. This is what prayer should be. Prayer does not mean a rally of words flowing from our mouth rather it is an act of listening to God with our hearts. God expects from each one of us our availability and willingness to listen to Him. This listening should be transformed into actions, the actions of kindness, generosity, love, compassion and mercy.

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