Listening to the Word of the Lord, being like Mary
at the feet of Jesus, in the attitude of the disciple
Martha and Mary offer hospitality to the Lord who is passing, but they do it in a different way. Mary places herself at Jesus' feet, listening, Martha, who allows herself to become absorbed by the things to prepare. It is important to understand that this is not the contrast between two attitudes: listening to the word of the Lord, contemplation, and practical service to others. They are not two opposing attitudes, but, on the contrary, both are two essential aspects to our Christian life aspects that should never be separated, but lived in profound unity and harmony. For a Christian, the works of service and charity are never detached from the main source of all our actions: listening to the Word of the Lord, being -
In our Christian life, prayer and action are always deeply united. A prayer that does not lead to concrete action towards the poor, sick, in need of help, is a sterile and incomplete prayer. It is from contemplation, a strong friendship with the Lord that the ability to live and bring the love of God, his mercy, and his compassion towards others is born in us. And our merciful action toward our brother brings us toward the Lord, so that we see the Lord in our poor brother.