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-I will be celebrating mass at 4pm on Sat and 8am and 11am on Sunday
Are you in it or just doing it?
The Gospel text of Martha and Mary is a classic and it has been the center of some serious debate about the spiritual lives of Catholics. For centuries the life of Mary has been the model of the "contemplative or religious life". Martha, to the contrary, has been the model of the "active life".
The problem with this stark distinction is obvious inasmuch as one might presume that all the "active" people do not have a sensitive heart listening to Jesus while all those who have a listening and sensitive heart to Jesus cannot be active.
In the latest generation I am pretty much convinced that the answer is not either/or but both/and - those who have an active life have a deep connection of a heart attached to Jesus and those who have an explicitly contemplative life/religious life must have love and service to one's neighbor.
So the question for each of us regardless of our life style or vocation must be asked, "are we "in it" or are we just "working it"? Whatever your "it" is, are you in the communion of God who is love?
Let me know how this sounds to all of you Marthas and Marys!
Get into the ring! How this works...
This is easy! Each week on Thursday I post my homily idea...my main focus for preaching this coming Sunday. What I am hoping for is a reaction from people in the pews. Does my "focus" connect with your daily life, faith, and experience? Or not? Either affirm the direction I am going in (by giving me an example from your life) or challenge me, ask for clarification! Questions are the best! Reaction rather than reflection is what I'm looking for here. Don't be afraid, get in the ring. Ole!