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May They Rest in Peace
To listen to the Word of Jesus in order to keep it and put it into practice, this is the primary interest of St Luke in telling of the encounter The Master had with the sisters, Martha and Mary. Attentiveness to the Lord’s word is what makes the true disciple: other concerns are not without importance – someone must attend to the practical things – however, it is of the greatest importance not to be diverted from He who comes to visit.
Abraham is keen to show hospitality to the weary travellers; only the best is offered. The guests are recognised as coming from God and appropriately welcomed. In return, The Lord, abundantly bestows blessings on Abraham to whom a son will be born, so assuring the promise continues through the generations.
Paul has been imprisoned and so is unable to carry out his apostolic mission. However, he does not regard himself as useless: rather, as he sees it, by sharing in the sufferings of Christ he is still able to enrich the life of the Church and show forth the mystery of Christ. Paul then encourages the early Christians to be faithful through suffering so as to inherit eternal life.
Whilst Martha goes to great practical lengths to make Jesus welcome in her home, Mary, her sister, simply sits at The Master’s feet to listen. St Luke does not intend to contrast their different vocations but, rather, emphasises that for everyone in any situation there is one indispensible attitude; that of welcome for Jesus, an openness to receive his word and to his mystery.
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Kim Nichol, Matt Butler, Rachel Antonella Rizzo
Michael & Joan Clements, Leslie Sebastian
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Wesley Leachman, Connie Hall
'Next year your wife Sarah will have a son'. The Lord appeared to Abraham at the Oak of Mamre while he was sitting by the entrance of the tent during the hottest part of the day. He looked up, and there he saw three men standing near him. As soon as he saw them he ran from the entrance of the tent to meet them, and bowed to the ground. ‘My lord,’ he said ‘I beg you, if I find favour with you, kindly do not pass your servant by. A little water shall be brought; you shall wash your feet and lie down under the tree. Let me fetch a little bread and you shall refresh yourselves before going further. That is why you have come in your servant’s direction.’ They replied, ‘Do as you say.’ Abraham hastened to the tent to find Sarah.’ ‘Hurry,’ he said ‘knead three bushels of flour and make loaves.’ Then running to the cattle Abraham took a fine and tender calf and gave it to the servant, who hurried to prepare it. Then taking cream, milk and the calf he had prepared, he laid all before them, and they ate while he remained standing near them under the tree. ‘Where is your wife Sarah?’ they asked him. ‘She is in the tent’ he replied. Then his guest said, ‘I shall visit you again next year without fail, and your wife will then have a son.’
A mystery hidden for generations has been revealed to God's saints. It makes me happy to suffer for you, as I am suffering now, and in my own body to do what I can to make up all that has still to be undergone by Christ for the sake of his body, the Church. I became the servant of the Church when God made me responsible for delivering God’s message to you, the message which was a mystery hidden for generations and centuries and has now been revealed to his saints. It was God’s purpose to reveal it to them and to show all the rich glory of this mystery to pagans. The mystery is Christ among you, your hope of glory: this is the Christ we proclaim, this is the wisdom in which we thoroughly train everyone and instruct everyone, to make them all perfect in Christ.
Martha works; Mary listens. Jesus came to a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking. Now Martha who was distracted with all the serving said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister is leaving me to do the serving all by myself? Please tell her to help me.’ But the Lord answered: ‘Martha, Martha,’ he said ‘you worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part; it is not to be taken from her.’
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday 21st July