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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 21, 2013

ACTION WITHOUT ADEQUATE CONTEMPLATION

It is tempting to look at our readings as a statement about action versus contemplation; but that would mistake the message.  Our Gospel highlights the familiar story about Mary and Martha – Martha the active; Mary the contemplative.  It seems that Jesus prefers the contemplative saying that it is the better part.

However, the story is more nuanced and when understood in the context of our first reading, it is clear that both action and contemplation have value. For in our first reading Abraham and Sarah go out of their way to help three travellers and receive praise for their actions.

For us, this Sunday we are asked to consider what we are contemplating and what action results from it.

CLICK HERE  for the readings for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Genesis 18:1-10; Psalm 15; Collisions 1:24-28; Luke 10:38-42)

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