5th October 2021
MEMORIAL OF ST FAUSTINA KOWALSKA
IN SERVING THE LORD LETS ALSO MAKE OUT TIME TO SEAT AT HIS FEET TO LISTEN TO HIM
In today's gospel, Martha shows in her life a gradually growing friendship with Jesus from the time the two sisters invited him for dinner, as we read today.* Martha is working hard at preparing the meal, while Mary is just sitting there at the feet of Jesus. *So, Martha complains to Jesus. But interestingly, Jesus somewhat humbles Martha instead of Mary. Of course, He does it in a kind and gentle way.
Therefore, *the truth is that both Martha and Mary were fulfilling their unique roles at that moment. Martha was doing Jesus a great service by serving Him through the preparation of their meal.* This is what she was called to do and the service would have been an act of love. *Mary, on the other hand, was fulfilling her role. She was called, at that moment, to simply sit at the feet of Jesus and be present to Him.
Beloved, these two women have traditionally represented two vocations in the Church, as well as two callings we are all called to have. *Martha represents the active life and Mary represents the contemplative life. The active life is that life most live on a daily basis, be it through the service of family or others in the world.
The contemplative life is a vocation to which some are called through the cloistered life, in that they leave the busy world and dedicate most of their day to prayer and solitude. *Reflect, today, upon your own call to prayer. Do you pray? Do you pray every day? If this is lacking, then reflect upon the image of Mary being there at the feet of Jesus and know that Jesus wants the same from you. May St Faustina Pray for us. BE BLESSED.