Fr. Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Sunday 16th Week in Ordinary Time 6-17-2021
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022
Luke 10:38-42 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/071722.cfm
INTENTION IS EVERYTHING.
We can sympathize with Martha if we were preparing for a visit from Jesus.
I have to check every room. Is the bathroom clean? What about the mirror? I have to plump up the pillows on the couch and fold that blanket. How could I forget to dust? God is coming to bless my house, and I have many things to do. I sound like Martha in the Gospel. But after all, God is coming to bless my home.
It doesn’t take much to understand Martha and her stress. She is fussing over all that has to do. Her sister is in the living room hogging Jesus and getting all his attention. You can read Martha’s thoughts, ‘I am going to give it to her, and maybe Jesus too.’ “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.”
It might sound rude, but I like that Martha took her grievance to Jesus and spoke honestly with Him about her difficulty. She didn’t just stew about it, and it is something you would feel comfortable telling a friend.
This friend, Jesus, points out why she is all stressed out. “Martha, are you in the kitchen sweating it out because you love yourself or me? Who are you trying to impress? Why don’t you come and sit with Mary and me for a few minutes?
Spending a few quiet moments with Jesus puts things back in proper order. Be faithful to the First Commandment in everything you do. Love the Lord with all your heart and strength every time you cut a vegetable and wash a dish. Our business is no longer a burden when we intend to do our work with the Lord.
Those quiet moments sitting down with Him and Mary at the beginning of the day make all the difference. It’s the best way to be hospitable to Jesus. He will remain with us all day, even when we aren’t thinking of Him. The intention is everything.
He is with us even when we are fluffing up the pillows.
IGNITE THE FIRE!
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC