Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 22, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 15:2-3, 3-4, 5
A reflection on today's Scripture:
The readings this weekend are all about welcoming!
Since strangers and guests alike were often weary and dusty, sometimes needing shelter from fierce weather, the laws of hospitality were carefully observed.
In the first reading, Abraham runs to meet the three strangers and even offers them a full meal. His generosity is rewarded by the news that Sarah, his wife, is to bear a child in her old age.
In the Gospel, Mary and Martha warmly welcome Jesus to their home for a meal; Martha immediately goes to the kitchen to prepare the food. The laws of hospitality would demand that a male member of the household would entertain a male guest. Instead, Mary fulfills that role.
Luke is quick to note that Jesus approves this apparent departure from custom. When Martha asks the Master to rebuke Mary and send her back to the kitchen, Jesus rebukes Martha instead for being more concerned about the dinner than about the spiritual message He has to impart.
For all time, He establishes the superior role of contemplation to action. Even more, He approves the involvement of women in discipleship!
When we apply Sunday's readings to our own lives, we need to ask ourselves if we are more concerned about the details of our worship than we are with the challenge of the Scripture that is proclaimed to us.
Are we intent on absorbing the message of the homily? Do we really take to heart the words of Jesus?
If our prayer time fails to provide us with inspiration for our daily living, then is there too much of Martha in our lives, and not enough of Mary?
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore --
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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