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Faith and Family

Faith and Family for July 17: Martha and Mary

Jul 13, 2022
A young woman sitting at table listening to older woman talk/Photo by Askar Abayev


First reading: Gn 18:1-10a

Second reading: Col 1:24-28

Gospel: Lk 10:38-42

UNDERSTAND | By Father Greg Friedman, OFM

We might call today “hospitality Sunday.” Our Gospel story is the familiar account of Jesus visiting the home of Martha and Mary.  Martha sounds a lot like my Italian grandmother.

I remember how, as a child growing up in the house where my grandmother lived, I would watch her prepare for Sunday company. Guests who came to our house would be the center of attention. My grandmother would work feverishly before the guests arrived to prepare the meal.  During the meal she would fuss at them, to make sure they had enough to eat—of every dish on the table. Woe to you if you failed to sample everything my grandmother had prepared! She imitated Martha’s busy concern for guests, making sure they had all they needed.

But there’s another side of hospitality besides fussing over the food or accommodations for a guest. It’s taking the time to listen, to give the other our full attention.  Last Sunday, the story of the Good Samaritan urged us to take a risk to become involved with others as a true neighbor. Today we have the “how-to” of Christian neighborliness.  In our parishes, neighborhoods and city, we need both dimensions of Christian hospitality: actively serving while we seek to truly listen and understand.


DISCUSS | By Father Dan Kroger, OFM

In the first reading, what does Abraham offer to the three men? 

According to the second reading, what is the mystery that has been hidden for all ages?

What does Jesus say, in the Gospel, to settle the complaint brought to Jesus by Martha?

ACT | By Susan Hines-Brigger

In order to avoid the way of Martha, and be more like Mary, connect with friends or family in a way that won't demand any work from you. Invite them to go for walk with you, sit outside at one of your homes, or meet at a restaurant, where you can take time to focus on each other rather than the food.

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Wed, 07/13/2022 - 01:00 PM
Please don't ask me to choose between my Martha and Mary. If I had to choose one or the other, I would lose myself. My challenge always is to balance the two. When preparing for visitors, I am a manic Martha for a week before their arrival...cleaning, cooking, scrubbing, flowers and candy in their bedroom, fresh toiletries and towels in the bath and "what else did I forget" thoughts. I want our home to be our guests' home away from home. But, upon their arrival, what didn't get done beforehand no longer matters. Now is the time my Mary shows up with all her gentleness...time to relax, visit, and share the true joy of their presence in our home. I simply can't share my hospitality without the help of both my Martha and Mary sides. And to help me keep my balance between these two dear sisters, I moved my statue of Mary from our bedroom (where she has been for years) to the kitchen the heart of our home and our hospitality. It has made a difference.
Billy The Husband
Wed, 07/13/2022 - 03:57 PM
Billy The Husband
I can attest! As Newlyweds of 46 years, throughout our Journey, I have personally Witnessed Lynda's Faith in our Savior, as well as her Love of several very special Saints... none more than these three Inspirational Women, and, her beloved Saint Anthony. Our Home, Relationships and decisions, have always been powerfully enriched, through Lynda's intercessory Petitions, granted upon us, and our Loves. One thing has remained consistent, from our Marital Vows, to this day: Lynda's balance between Head and Heart, has never been in question. She has never been lost, when choosing all the right things, for all the right reasons. I am Blessed to look forward to Eternity with Lynda, my avowed Christian Catholic, Cursillista, Camino -Pilgrim Spouse and Soulmate. DeColores and Buen Camino. Is:65:24

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