Friday, July 29, 2011

P.S. - Feast of St. Martha

I just discovered (while praying in my "purple prayer corner" this morning!) that today, July 29, the Church celebrates the feast of St. Martha.  It turns out that the post I wrote yesterday was very timely!

Luke 10:39-42
"She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

This Gospel passage really reminds us how we always need to strike a balance between our work/ministry/mission lives and our prayer lives!  Ora et Labora.*

* (Latin) - refers to the monastic practice of working and praying, generally associated with its use in the Rule of St. Benedict.

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