July 17th – What’s this all about?

Scripture Reflection . . .

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time  

First Reading: Genesis 18: 1-10                                                                                                                                                                 Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 15                                                                                                                                                                                  Second Reading: Colossians 1:24-28                                                                                                                                                                               Gospel: Luke 10: 38-42

The Readings today do call us to be attentive to what is most important.  In Genesis, Abraham, sighting 3 visitors drawing near his tent, runs to greet them.  Then he proceeds to out do himself in hospitality.  He appears to be aware that these are no ordinary guests, but rather messengers of God.

St. Paul in the Second Reading shares what he is willing to suffer that the news of Christ be proclaimed; “the hope of glory.”

In the Gospel we read the familiar story of Martha and Mary.  The message is clear and simple, “You are anxious and worried about many things.  There is need for only one thing.”

What is this one thing?  What is this all about?  “Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak,” appears to have got it.


Being with and listening.

Being with and listening to God,to others and to the world around us

Have you ever noticed that when you pause to really listen, the level of  worry or anxiety decreases, especially if you listen to your breathing or heartbeat?  God is this close to us.

If we start by being with and listening, the rest will follow; our actions and service will be filled with compassion and joy rather than anxiety.  Abraham knew this, Paul realized this, and Mary, as well as Martha, discovered this.

In our Lives as Sisters of The Holy Redeemer . . .

Several of us accompanied our Sr. Anita as she and her family said farewell to her mother who was buried yesterday.  During the Eulogy, Sr. Anita reflected on one of the last questions her mom repeatedly asked, “What’s this all about?”  These moments of loss and death do invite us to remember what is most important in life.  Hopefully we discover that love is the most important rather than success of accomplishments.  In this instance we all easily let go of our plans for the day to be with Sr. Anita and her family during their time of loss.  The funeral was held in Lancaster, PA, land of bountiful farms cared for by Amish families.  There was no option but to slow down and notice the beauty around as we followed horse drawn buggies and wagons.  And it was good.


Two Sisters were away on their annual retreat this past week.  These are days of sitting at the feet of Jesus and listening.  Usually these are silent retreats so there is nothing but listening!

Two other Sisters enjoyed a week’s vacation which provided a pause from regular activities.  A time to slow down and be with family, listening to one another.

Our Province Leader began visiting the local convent communities to invite us to a time of sharing and listening to one another as we reflected on our past year of life together.  This was an opportunity to remember what community is all about- nourishment for our faith and service.

In Your Life . . .

Perhaps you will respond to the invitation to stop the activity for a moment today to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen.

What does he want to share with you?

What brings peace to you?  Thank God for this.

What are the sources of anxiety or worry in your life. Set these at the feet of Jesus and listen.

Do you know this Hymn?  This may be what its all about.

How can I keep from Singing by Robert Lowry

My life flows on in endless song;
above earth’s lamentation,
I catch the sweet, though far-off hymn
that hails a new creation.

No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?

Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear that music ringing.
It finds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing? [Refrain]

What though my joys and comforts die?
I know my Savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth. [Refrain]

The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
a fountain ever springing!
All things are mine since I am his!
How can I keep from singing? [Refrain]

Blessings on your week!