Readings for Tuesday October 6, 2009
First Reading: Jonah 3:1-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 130
Gospel: Luke 10:38-42
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.” (Lk 10:39-42)
How many times have you ever heard this phrase, "but I need this!" Or perhaps you have even said this many times yourself. I know that in this crazy life we live it sometimes becomes unclear between the things that we need and the things that we want. Well, in today's gospel, the distinction between what we need and what we want is made perfectly clear. Jesus says there is need of only one thing; and He goes on to tell Martha that what Mary has chose will not be taken away. We all need to realize that the only thing that we really need in this world is God. We would all do well to take the example of Mary and take time to sit at His feet and listen to what He has to say to us.
It is so important that we listen to God. Think if the people of Nineveh (from today's first reading) hadn't listened to Jonah, then they would not have been able to repent for their actions. But by listening to God and the person that He spoke through, they were able to change their ways and to make amends from the evil they were doing.
By taking the time to listen to God, we too can save our life ... our eternal life.
Father above, we thank you and praise you for the gift of this day. Lord, we praise you for all that we have and all that we are, help us to not waste a moment of this life. Lord, you are always looking out for us and protecting us, may we never stray away from your loving care. Lord you alone are our God and may we never place anything in this life above you. We pray for all of our priests and religious, may they be strengthened in their ministries and in their vows. We ask this all through Christ our Lord. Amen.