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Our faith community of St. John the Baptist, founded on the word of God; welcomes all with charity and love….both the strong of Spirit and those who search. As part of the Universal Church, we acknowledge that God has uniquely blessed everyone with abundant gifts. We celebrate the differences that make all of us equal in the eyes of the Lord….using our blessings to provide all who join us in Eucharist with a heart-felt sense of family and communion. For the Lord has brought you to our door….you are a stranger here but once.
July 21, 2019
Get your priorities straight
There’s never enough time in the week for all we need to accomplish. We rush from work to family to church obligations, hoping if we pick up the pace we’ll get ahead. Even when we worship the guilt of unfinished tasks weighs us down. Who has time for more than a hurried prayer with kids to feed or a leaky roof? How can we sit and meditate on God’s mercy when the dog needs to go out, Aunt Betty’s coming for dinner and that report is due on the boss’ desk tomorrow?
Martha, in today’s gospel, faces the same problem. Should she keep busy, see all the guests are comfortable or sit with the Teacher? Jesus answers her gently, but firmly. Martha needs to get her priorities straight, and seek Him first. Maybe dessert will be late or the coffee a bit cold, but the most important thing will have been done. Let us too learn Martha’s lesson and set aside worries and obligations to start each day in His presence. There will be time later for those nagging “to dos”, in their proper place and time, once we get our priorities straight.
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Jesus and Martha
Everyone wants a nice living environment in their home. Yet too much focus on comforts or “quality of life” can keep us from what is really important: cleaning and appareling our spiritual lives. In Luke 10:38-42, the story of Mary and Martha focuses on exactly this point. Jesus invites us to look closely at our own habits to see who we most resemble: the blessed Virgin Mary or Martha Stewart.