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A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 10:38-42

38As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the LORD's feet listening to what he said. 40But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "LORD, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" 41"Martha, Martha," the LORD answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, 42but few things are needed-or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."

The Gospel of the Lord Praise be to you Lord Jesus Christ.

REFLECTION: "you are worried and upset about many things but few things are needed-or indeed only one".

Oh, to be a friend of Jesus.! Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem towards his death and he took time to rest with his friends in Bethany--Lazarus, Martha and Mary. Martha was distracted with much service while Mary sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. Martha enjoyed serving and was a gracious hostess but she was most anxious about getting things done and in essence was causing unrest and turmoil in her home because she wanted and needed help.

Mary , on the other hand, spent time sitting in front of the Lord, listening to his teachings and finding peace in the moment. Mary had made a place for him to sit and rest.

When we worry about anything, we find no rest , no peace. God beckons us many times in the scriptures, to make a place for him, and to give him all our worries, all our anxieties.

We should find the Martha and Mary in each one of us. We need to work, and produce fruit and we need to pray and have Jesus abide in our homes and in our hearts. Whether at work, home or at church, only one person is needed for a successful day--Jesus Christ. Let us balance our need to work and our love for God.

PRAYER: Dearest, Lord, please be with me always both at work and at prayer. Amen.

Pray for priests. Pray the rosary daily.

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