16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C)
Busyness seems to be the mark of the present age. We are always engaged in doing something. The technological advances that have made everyday life easier have also served to make us busier than ever. Even our “free” time is no longer free, as phones and computers keep us constantly connected. There is no rest.
And so, Martha’s plea in today’s gospel sounds familiar. She is busy, much as we are except for the fact that she is tending to the duties of hospitality. She is, much as we are, “anxious and worried about many things” (Lk10:41). It is enough to make her—and us—forget what is truly important. “Mary has chosen the better part” (10:42).
A time of introspection does not preclude activity. As we go on with our frantic lives, let us make room for some quiet time with the Lord. Let us bring to Him all our worries and anxieties and let us rest in His merciful Heart. Then we also will be choosing the better part, and it will not be taken from us. God bless you!