Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 21, 2019
It is [Christ] whom we proclaim, admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
— Colossians 1:28b
Dear Parish Family,
A woman named Martha is mentioned three times in the gospels, once in Luke, which we heard today, and twice in John. John describes Martha’s conversation with Jesus after the death of her brother Lazarus just before Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. In another part of John’s gospel, like today’s gospel from Luke, Martha is serving Jesus, providing Him with hospitality. She was not in the spotlight. She did not do any jaw-dropping thing. She never did any healing miracles. All she did was serve Jesus.
We know nothing else about Martha. But think how wonderful it is if the most important thing that others say about us is “In their service for others, they served the Lord.”
In the Word,
First Reading — Abraham shows hospitality to three visitors
Psalm — He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord
Second Reading — The mystery hidden from generations past has been manifested; it is Christ in you, the hope for glory (Colossians 1:24-28).
Gospel — Jesus converses with Martha and Mary about service and contemplation (Luke 10:38-42).
Readings for the Week
Mon: Sg 3:1-4b or 2 Cor 5:14-17; Ps 63:2-6, 8-9; Jn 20:1-2, 11-18
Tues: Ex 14:21 — 15:1; Ex 15:8-10, 12, 17; Mt 12:46-50
Wed: Ex 16:1-5, 9-15; Ps 78:18-19, 23-28; Mt 13:1-9
Thurs: 2 Cor 4:7-15; Ps 126:1bc-6; Mt 20:20-28
Fri: Ex 20:1-17; Ps 19:8-11; Mt 13:18-23
Sat: Ex 24:3-8; Ps 50:1b-2, 5-6, 14-15; Mt 13:24-30
Sun: Gn 18:20-32; Ps 138:1-3, 6-8; Col 2:12-14; Lk 11:1-13