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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Mary has chosen the better part . . .

This Sunday's Gospel shows us both Mary and Martha, friends of Jesus. He likes to visit their home and Martha is busy seeing about serving Jesus a good meal. Her sister Mary is wanting just to be with Jesus and to listen to him. Jesus, when Martha wants him to tell Mary to leave him and help her, says that Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her. Some find this a difficult Gospel but it seems clear to me that Jesus wants Mary to listen to him and then she will freely and on her own initiative do whatever is necessary. Sometimes we are so busy doing that we forget that we are called to just be with Jesus and then we will know what is to be done.

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