July 17, 2016 — Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In Today’s Gospel, Jesus and His Apostles are on their way to Jerusalem for Passover. In other words He is journeying to His Crucifixion and Resurrection. It is important for us to keep that in mind. He stops in Bethany to visit Martha and Mary. Bethany is only two miles from Jerusalem, so there is a strong sense of foreboding if we keep that in mind.
However, the focus of this reading is on many other issues and items usually. Nevertheless, as is always the case in Holy Scripture, there is a stewardship message for us here. We could cite hospitality as both Martha and Mary in their own ways welcome Jesus and make Him at ease.
The first and main message for us is that the Lord was welcomed into their home. Each of us is a potential home for Jesus. Do we welcome Him? Or are we too busy with our own pursuits, our own distractions, to find a time each day to welcome the Lord into our homes, our very being? There are so many people who cannot seem to find time for the Lord. They are so busy that Jesus never even gets into their houses. Rather than debate whether Martha or Mary do the right thing, we should first make sure that our Savior is welcomed into our hearts each and every day.