8 Oct 2019: Choose the Best

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Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Readings  : Jonah 3:1-10, Luke 10: 38-42

 The story of Jesus’ visit in the home of Martha and Mary must be read in the background. The work of hospitality (a vital form of generosity in the Ancient Near East) is one of the chief signs. Hospitality was a highly valued and presumably widely practiced custom among Pagans, Jews, and Christians. In Greek Culture, Zeus was celebrated as the god of hospitality. If we analyze, almost all the culture have got their way hospitality. Mary and Martha are not enemies but sisters. Quarreling about household duties are modes of life which is normal in any house.  Moreover, Martha’s generous service is not minimized by Jesus. Actually the service of Martha is of service which Jesus mentions in Luke 14: 12-14, which can’t be paid back in kind.  By sitting at Jesus feet, Mary shows that all our services ought to be grounded in lively personal relationship with Jesus.

A time management expert was speaking to a group of business students. He pulled out a one gallon, wide-mouthed jar and set it on a table in front of him. Then he took about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar. When no more rocks would fit inside, he asked the class, “Is this jar full?”

Everyone answered, “Yes.” He said, “Ahhh.” He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. He poured some in and shook the jar so that the gravel worked its way in between the larger rocks. Then he asked again, “Is the jar full?”

By this time the class was unto him, so they replied, “Probably not.” “Good,” he replied.

He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He dumped the sand in and it went into all the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked, “Is the jar full?”

“No,” the class shouted. “Good,” he said again. Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and poured it in until the jar was full to the brim. Then he asked the class, “What was the point of the illustration?”

One eager beaver said, “The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can always fit some more things into it.”

“No,” the speaker replied, “that’s not the point. The point is this: If you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all.”

Jesus is saying, “Time spent sitting at My feet and listening to My word is a big rock!” If we aren’t careful, busyness will crowd out that essential time we need with the Lord. Even good things, like serving the Lord, can wrongly crowd out the necessary thing. Let us try to choose the best to follow the Lord in our life.

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