Thursday, July 29, 2010

Feast of St. Martha

From a sermon by Saint Augustine contained in today's Office of Reading:

"But you, Martha, if I may say so, are blessed for your good service, and for your labors you seek the reward of peace. Now you are much occupied in nourishing the body, admittedly a holy one. But when you come to the heavenly homeland will you find a traveler to welcome, someone hungry to feed, or thirsty to whom you may give drink, someone ill whom you could visit or quarreling whom you could reconcile, or dead whom you could bury?

No, there will be none of these tasks there. What you will find there is what Mary chose"

Please check out this amazing homily about St. Martha and St. Mary from fellow Third Order Carmelite, Father Dan Gallaugher.

(Father Dan has just finished his first year serving as a parish priest in the Archdiocese of Washington D. C. Our Blessed Mother is shepherding some incredible men into the Catholic priesthood. We are so blessed!)

1 comment:

  1. I think you're right to keep up your drum beat of the radical priority of prayer. The Martha/Mary passage makes very clear that prayer is the one necessary thing and that work should flow from it and is subordinant to it. Anxiety from many things comes from a failure to sit at the Lord's feet and listen to him. Many people misinterpret this passage as a call for the proper balance between work and prayer. Jesus isn't calling for the proper balance between work and prayer. He's stating that prayer is number one. We must still labor in the vineyards and avoid the sin of sloth, but prayer must come first. I think it's important to leave the judging to Jesus when it comes to determining whether someone who obviously works hard is making Martha's mistake. Many people who work very hard put prayer first.