Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published on Jul 21st, 2013 by Austin Keith | 0

In today’s Gospel Jesus calls us to be fully present to Him and allow our hearts to be moved by His Presence in our lives. In this Gospel both sisters, Martha and Mary, are passionate about serving Jesus. Martha serves Jesus through her actions by tending to his needs at the time, while Mary sat intently listening to the Lord and savoring the time she had with Him. Although Martha’s actions were pure and had good intentions, Jesus calls her to deepen her relationship with Him and model the example of her sister. In the same way Jesus invites us to be like the sister Mary and to listen to Him speak to us in the silence of our hearts.

In today’s society there are many distractions and temptations that flood our hearts and minds and prevent us from hearing the voice of God in our lives. Just as Martha became anxious and worried when the Lord was with her, we too become overwhelmed with stress and fail to give it all to Him, preventing Christ and Christ alone to possess our hearts. In a special way today Jesus is calling us to cleanse our hearts of any sin or distraction that might prevent us from listening to Him.

Before we are able to fully love and serve the Lord we must first be present with Him. I will never forget a homily by Bishop Emeritus Galeone in which he asked the congregation: “How do you spell love?” After a few seconds of reflection he responded: “T I M E.” If we truly love someone we will spend time with that person and get to know him or her. My brothers and sisters, it is the same with our relationship with Jesus. If we truly love Him, we will make it a priority to spend time with Him and to listen to Him in the silence of our hearts. The more we spend time with Jesus, the more we will know Him; therefore allowing us to become more like Him. Our Lord waits patiently every day in the tabernacle in the Holy of Holies for you to visit Him. Take advantage of this privilege to be with Jesus. I can assure you that your time with the Lord listening to Him in the silence of your heart will truly be transformative.

I have found in my own relationship with Christ that my best times of prayer in front of the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament are when I do not say anything, but rather I just remain silent acknowledging that my Savior is before me and that His Presence is enough for me. The Lord speaks to the heart that is open to receive Him. We must be generous to receive the graces that the Lord has in store for us, so that in return we are able to be generous to give our service back to Him.

My brothers and sisters, we too must be like Mary in today’s Gospel in desiring to be present with the Lord and to hear His every word because He desires to speak with us. I encourage you this week to take some time aside and disengage yourselves from worldly distractions and allow your heart to be silent. The Lord speaks in the silence of your heart. For scripture says: “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

I am truly enjoying my time with you all! Have a Blessed Week!

In His Love,

Clay Ludwig
-Seminarian for the Diocese of St. Augustine