Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: We Filipinos are known for being hospitable people. Whenever our friends or loved ones plan to visit our homes, we see to it that they will feel at home as they arrive. Thus, we do spring cleaning and cook dishes while we await their coming. Hospitality is also a value of great importance in the Benedictine tradition. In fact, St. Benedict instructs his disciples that all guests who arrive in the monastery are to be received like Christ (RB 53, 1). The Benedictines have as their model the sisters of Bethany—Martha and Mary—who, in today’s Gospel (Luke 10:38-42), welcomed our Lord Jesus Christ into their home. These two are models of action and contemplation, respectively. They, too, are models of hospitality and of friendship with God and with others.
What, then, can we learn from today’s Gospel? First, contemplative and active life both have a place in the Church. Various religious orders—Dominicans, Carmelites, Benedictines, among others—each have a share of contemplative and active contingents…they may have different avenues of service, but they share a common rule and zeal. How about the laity? The ideal life of a Christian is a balance of prayer and work. One should complement the other. Time and again, we are being reminded: “Nasa Diyos ang awa, nasa tao ang gawa”…also, faith without action is dead (James 2:26). Second, just as the Good Samaritan from last Sunday served as a reminder to love our neighbor, Mary of Bethany’s inclination to “listen carefully…and attend with the ear of your heart” (RB Prologue, 1; cf. Proverbs 4:20) is an invitation to fulfill the Great Commandment, namely: to love God with our whole being. Inspired by their example, may we continue to seek Him in the events of daily life, so that in all things, God may be glorified!
Show favor, O Lord, to your servants and mercifully increase the gifts of your grace, that, made fervent in hope, faith and charity, they may be ever watchful in keeping your commands. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. #catholic #instacatholic #gospelfort