HE WANTS YOUR ATTENTION

Wednesday 29th July – Memorial of St Martha

HE WANTS YOUR ATTENTION

Luke 10: 38-42

When I was a child, I was surprised at Christ’s response to Martha in today’s gospel reading because my young mind expected Jesus to ask Mary to help out with the service. Yet, each time I reflect on the passage, it becomes clearer that Jesus’ response is one that addresses not just Martha but all of us. Like Martha, we may have invited Jesus into our hearts and because of our earnest desire to please Him, we zealously busy ourselves serving Him so much that we fail to spend time sitting at His feet in Bible study and prayer. We can become so busy with church activities, youth programmes etc that we do not have time to listen to what Jesus is saying to us.

Today, Jesus tells us that as important as our service of God is, spending time to listen at His feet is even more important. In giving our full attention to our Lord, we learn how to serve Him better. Are you caught up in the web of so much activity that you are unable to spend time alone with Jesus? Listen to Him as he says: “You worry and fret about so many things, yet few are needed; indeed only one” (Lk 10:41).

As we celebrate St Martha today, let us welcome Him to our hearts, homes and communities like she did and let us commit ourselves to spending time with our Lord each day as she was taught by our Lord. In doing this, we will receive His grace and direction for our other activities.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, please come into my heart. Help me to take delight in sitting at your feet each day so that I may be transformed more and more into your likeness. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 494 How can my everyday routine be a school of prayer?

Everything that happens, every encounter can become the occasion for a prayer. For the more deeply we live in union with God, the deeper we understand the world around us.

HIDE A TREASURE: “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for you, O God.” Psalm 42: 1 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Exodus 34: 29-35; Psalm 99: 5-9; Luke 10: 38-42

ASSURANCE OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE

Saturday 20 June- Saturday of week 11 of the year

Reflection- Matthew 6:24-34

ASSURANCE OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE

It is an unchanging desire of God that we His children live in peace (John14:1; John 14:27). He wants our hearts to be constantly stayed on Him; not to lose sight of His amazing abilities and abundant love for us. When we consider our needs with respect to our abilities alone, we are tempted to lose our peace and possibly engage in uncharitable means to help ourselves.

Dearest in Christ, how much at peace are you? Do you really trust in the Lord’s goodness to meet your needs or are you constantly weighted down by loads of worry and anxiety? Our loving Father in today’s Gospel is reminding us of our need to trust in His care for us. He who clothes the grass of the fields, feeds the birds of the air is more than able to meet our NEEDS. He constantly seeks to glorify His name in the lives of His children. We must however always keep in mind that our NEEDS are not the same as our WANTS. Our wants are not always in our best interest; at times it could threaten our salvation. Beyond transient happiness, God desires us to have abundant joy in His purpose for us and eternal blessedness with Him.

These we cannot achieve if our minds are buried in worry. We must flee the inordinate love of money which otherwise has the ability to poison our faith. God seeks first our harmonious relationship with Him, within which we would realize His profound blessedness. He wants us to keep up a generous disposition even amidst our needs and expectations. His ways of provision clearly supersede the human’s imagination- only those who will walk with Him in faith and obedience can make this a constant experience in their lives.

PRAYER– Thank you for Your provision in my life, Father. Please grant me a steadfast faith and an obedient heart that is committed to honoring you always. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH:…The Father who gives us life cannot but give us the nourishment life requires- all appropriate goods and blessings, both material and spiritual…He is not inviting us to idleness, but wants to relieve us from nagging worry and preoccupation. Such is the filial surrender of the children of God.

Hide a Treasure: “Instead, be concerned above everything else with the kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with these other things.” Matthew 6:33 GNB

Today’s readings: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10; Psalm 34:8-13; Matthew 6:24-34