Reflection 3 

Text (Gospel Story) Luke 10:38-42

Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”

Sharing the Mission

Have you noticed that there is no rejection of Martha, no suggestion that she should not have been engaged in preparing the meal? Jesus merely underlines a truth that St Luke records earlier, namely, that they are blessed who hear the word of God and keep it. He is putting emphasis on a sense of attention to the word of God, if we are to offer that service to others. Hearing the word of God in prayer through reflection is a condition for true selfless loving service of the body of Christ.

Discussion 

In your conference how can you become disciples more like Mary ?

Prayer

(Leader) Lord, show us the way to be disciples who “sit and listen,”

(Together) Spirit of God, show us the way.

(Leader) When we suffer with those who suffer,

(Together) Spirit of God, show us the way.

(Leader) When we hear the cries of the hungry,

(Together) Spirit of God, show us the way.

(Leader) When we meet the broken-hearted.

(Together) Spirit of God, show us the way. Amen