Sunday 21 July 2019
16TH WEEK Week IV Psalter
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Genesis 18:1-10. Psalm 14(15):2-5. Colossians 1:24-28. Luke 10:38-42.
The just will live in the presence of the Lord – Psalm 14(15):2-5
‘She has chosen the better part.’
Today’s two stories of hospitality give us much to meditate on. Abraham meets his guests and gives all of his attention to their need for food, drink and comfort. He even waits on them as they eat – and his reward is the promise of a longed-for son.
Martha welcomes Jesus into her home, but becomes distracted by preparations. Her sister Mary listens, sitting ‘at the Lord’s feet’. Martha’s frustration perhaps belies a desire to do the same.
How do we relate to the wisdom of a listening heart? Do we give time to listen to our friends’ needs, give attention to our child’s tales of success, hear the plea of a stranger? Or are we caught up in our own busyness? Be awake, be aware: we may miss an opportunity that may never come again. Let us resolve to be good listeners and so give love to those we meet.