A Sunday Reflection

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!

Fr. Luis R. Largaespada

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The parish hosted the rehearsal of the Uruguayan National Youth Orchestra prior to their concert at the Olympia Theater last July11. We congratulate these young musicians and their conductor, Maestro Ariel Britos, on their achievements and wish them every success and blessing.

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Catholic Devotions: Grace Before Meals

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS noted that bread, like water, has always provided sustenance for man in the order of nature; yet, in its “natural” state, it also prefigured the unleavened bread of the Passover and … in turn foreshadowed the Holy Eucharist.

Every meal, then, [is] a celebration of God’s creation and his providence. By means of the common prayers, every meal [in the Old Testament] was united with the historic meals of the ancestors…. The New Testament shows us Jesus as he vividly brings all these meals to fulfillment.

[A meal] is, in the age of grace, the image of the banquet the saints know in heaven. When we “say grace” before (or after) our meals, we transform our homey family meals—and even our meals taken alone—into “sacraments” of God’s banquet. The prayer lends every meal an importance and dignity it might otherwise lack.

This doesn’t mean [our] meals will be stiff or joyless or unnecessarily formal. If anything, it should increase the joy, because an awareness of God’s presence will surely inspire us to love those around us all the more and all the better.

The question sometimes arises whether we should say grace in public places…. I think it’s always a good idea, even if we offer our prayer silently while making an unostentatious Sign of the Cross. This simple gesture sometimes has a profound effect on by-standers, and it has even marked the beginning of conversión for people who have witnessed it.

Scott Hahn, Signs of Life (New York: Doubleday, 2009),
Pages 100-102. Used with permission.

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