Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Luke 10: 38-42
Focussing on many things at one time is considered essential in this generation that coined the word ‘multi-tasking’. It is this scattered and ‘busy’ approach to life that so often leads me into complaining and disconnection from others and from God that Jesus chided Martha of Bethany for. At any given moment we are given the choice to be busy, like Martha, ‘with the many things’ demanded by a materialistic, highly organized and complex society, or to pay attention simply to the mercy of God playing out in our lives, as Mary did. Martha could have chosen to offer a simpler meal so that she, too, could have listened at the feet of Jesus. I, too, can choose to simply be concerned with God’s mercy in and through my life, rather than being consumed by all the fussy details of trying to survive the distractions of world, the flesh and the devil. Will I choose to be distracted and worried about many things, or will I move within the grace of God as he unfolds his mystery of mercy in each circumstance and each conversation of this day? Christ Jesus, help me focus, not on many things, but on your mercy.
Blessed are they who hold fast to God’s word in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance. (Luke 8:15)
There is a cacophony of voices calling out to you; there are a thousand influences pulling you this way and that. What’s the one necessary thing? It is to listen to the voice of Jesus as he tells you of his love and as he tells you who you are.
Bishop Robert Barron, Daily Gospel Reflection, Sunday, July 21, 2019
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.