16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 17, 2016


The story of Mary and Martha is one we know well, and while most of the time, we perceive it to be about the balance of action and contemplation; I actually think it is about presence.

Think for a moment about your way here – if I were to ask you to write down 10 observations you made about the actual world, could you? Most of us can’t.

The question then becomes, if you weren’t present to the world around you, what were you present to? Can you even name it?

Does it concern you how often we walk through our day busy about everything and truly present to so very little?   That most of the time we go about our day as if we are in a fog?

You see presence is your decision about what is going to be important in your life. And yet, for so many us, I fear we make no decision at all.

There is a time to act and there is a time to pause.  The poetry of ordinary time. . . the tension created by Mary and Martha in our minds and hearts. Summer always seems to me a Marian season. It has a different rhythm – a break in our routines – though I know many who prefer to be Martha all summer long. Can we not appreciate the different seasons of life?

CLICK HERE for the readings for 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Genesis 18:1-10; Psalm 15; Colossians 1:24-28; Luke 10:38-42)


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