Fr. Lara's Lines
Choose the Better Part
We live in a busy world. Sometimes it seems as though
time speeds up as we get older. We don’t seem to
have enough hours in the day to do all the things the
world is demanding of us. Also, as technology
advances, it gets even harder to detach from news
and the noise from outside. If we get caught on this,
we might miss the small details that give meaning to
our lives. We need to learn how use our time and
technology responsibly, avoiding the overuse or misuse
of it. This Sunday’s gospel is a reminder to manage our
time wisely, so that we might not ignore the presence
of God in our midst.
Luke Chapter 10 narrates the story of Jesus meeting
Martha and her sister, Mary. Mary sits beside the Lord
at his feet listening to him and Martha, burdened with
much serving, complains to the Lord that her sister has
left her do all the work. At this Jesus says, "Martha,
Martha, you are anxious and worried about many
things. There is need of only one thing.” Jesus telling
Martha “not to worry” is a reminder for us of the value
of silence, prayer, and rest.
Silence seems to be missing from our daily lives. From
the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed,
there is constant noise and we fear missing out on
something important or interesting. If we are not
listening to the news or surfing the Internet, we worry
that we might miss the opportunity of our lifetime.
Noise and visuals clog our minds and prevent us from
seeing the only thing we really need—God. Sometimes
we even fear silence because we wouldn’t know what
to do with it. Jesus is calling us to sit at his feet every
day and just contemplate in his presence. Make sure
you have a time of silence every day, time for just
you and God.
Prayer is the rising of the heart and the mind to God.
Prayer allows us to heed God’s will. If we don’t pray,
we get lost in the business of the world. Prayer also
gives us the strength we need to continue in times of
trial. Mary chose to listen to Jesus and by doing so
she was being strengthened to continue with her
mission later on. Just like Mary in this Sunday’s gospel,
spend some time in prayer either at home or in church.
We have been blessed with the Holy Family adoration
chapel here at Saint Catherine’s. You might want to
make a visit sometime soon.
Rest is necessary to recharge our batteries. It is a
physical need for our bodies; without it we would
jeopardize our health. But just like Martha, we seem
to have other priorities. We tent to fill every second
of the day with all sorts of activities. Even the summer
can get very busy between camps, travels, work, and
social events. Make sure you take some time for
yourself and your family. Some downtime with your
family at home or a relaxing day away from work will
greatly reduce your stress level. We can surely say that
Mary was stress-free while Martha’s anxiety made her
unhappy with what she was doing. Follow Mary’s
example and take some time to relax this summer.
“Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be
taken away from her.” The better part for Mary and
us is Jesus. When we concentrate on the presence of
God in our lives first, we will realize that we are never
truly alone or without help, we will find strength to
endure the hardships of life, we will find inner peace in
a noisy world, we will experience his grace in our lives.
Let us follow the example of Mary and sit at the feet
of Jesus first.