16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C): Gospel – Luke 10:38-42
Today’s readings revolve around the theme of hospitality, or how we treat God Himself as our guest.
In the first reading from Genesis, Abraham waits attentively on his three mysterious guests, a divine visitation prefiguring the revelation of the Holy Trinity.
In the Gospel, Martha also hosts a divine visitor in Jesus, but she is too absorbed in, and overburdened by, her activity, to be attentive to Him. Meanwhile, her sister, Mary, offers hospitality, not by serving, but by listening intently to Jesus. When Martha complains that Mary isn’t helping, Jesus gently tells her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing.”
As St John Paul II observed,
How can we not perceive in this episode the reminder of the primacy of the spiritual life, of the need to be nourished with the Word of God which gives light and savor to our daily routine.
It is an invitation which is particularly opportune for the summer period. Holidays and vacation time, in fact, can help to balance activism with contemplation, haste with natural rhythms, great noise with the healing peace of silence.
We too have a divine guest, the Holy Spirit, Who dwells within us — let us always be mindful of His presence.
Question for reflection: When have I been so busy that I lost sight of what was truly important?