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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 21st, 2013

 

Are We Focused On Jesus?

 

Reading 1

Gn 18:1-10a

 

The LORD appeared to Abraham by the terebinth of Mamre,
as he sat in the entrance of his tent,
while the day was growing hot.
Looking up, Abraham saw three men standing nearby.
When he saw them, he ran from the entrance of the tent to greet them;
and bowing to the ground, he said:
"Sir, if I may ask you this favor,
please do not go on past your servant.
Let some water be brought, that you may bathe your feet,
and then rest yourselves under the tree.
Now that you have come this close to your servant,
let me bring you a little food, that you may refresh yourselves;
and afterward you may go on your way."
The men replied, "Very well, do as you have said."

Abraham hastened into the tent and told Sarah,
"Quick, three measures of fine flour! Knead it and make rolls."
He ran to the herd, picked out a tender, choice steer,
and gave it to a servant, who quickly prepared it.
Then Abraham got some curds and milk,
as well as the steer that had been prepared,
and set these before the three men;
and he waited on them under the tree while they ate.

They asked Abraham, "Where is your wife Sarah?"
He replied, "There in the tent."
One of them said, "I will surely return to you about this time next year,
and Sarah will then have a son."

 

Ps 15:2-3, 3-4, 5

Responsorial Psalm

 

R. (1a) He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.
One who walks blamelessly and does justice;
who thinks the truth in his heart
and slanders not with his tongue.
R. He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.
Who harms not his fellow man,
nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;
by whom the reprobate is despised,
while he honors those who fear the LORD.
R. He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.
Who lends not his money at usury
and accepts no bribe against the innocent.
One who does these things
shall never be disturbed.
R. He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

 

Col 1:24-28

Reading 2

 

Brothers and sisters:
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake,
and in my flesh I am filling up
what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ
on behalf of his body, which is the church,
of which I am a minister
in accordance with God's stewardship given to me
to bring to completion for you the word of God,
the mystery hidden from ages and from generations past.
But now it has been manifested to his holy ones,
to whom God chose to make known the riches of the glory
of this mystery among the Gentiles;
it is Christ in you, the hope for glory.
It is he whom we proclaim,
admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom,
that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.

 

Lk 10:38-42

Gospel

 Jesus entered a village
where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.
She had a sister named Mary
who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.
Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said,
"Lord, do you not care
that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?
Tell her to help me."
The Lord said to her in reply,
"Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.
There is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part
and it will not be taken from her."

 

 

Two young teenagers were involved in a relay race for their respective schools.  There were thousands of people looking on.  Each was the last runner on their relay team in this particular event.  Jason had his eyes fixed on the finish line and blocked everything else out of his mind.  Leon was amazed at the crown, the cheering, the refreshment stand, and especially the high school cheerleaders.  Upon receiving the baton from his fellow teammate, Jason ran as fast as he could, again eyes fixed on the finish line.  Leon, on the other hand, was so distracted by what he saw around him that he dropped the baton as it was handed to him from his teammate.  Jason crossed the finish line confident of the victory for his team and school.  Leon never quite recovered from his distractions and the disappointment of his teammates for losing the race.

 

Todayís gospel is NOT about winning or loosing.  Itís about focusing.  Itís about putting Jesus first in our life and not letting anything else distract us from him and our mission on this journey of life.  And although we may strive to do just that, often times we do get distracted by the things, the events, and people that take our eye off what is most important, and thus loose sight of our Lord.

 

Martha didnít do anything bad because she wanted to have a clean house and prepare a good meal for Jesus.  She just wasnít focused on Jesus as was Mary.  If you are somewhat like me, we get so consumed at times by things, like sports, our jobs, on material things, on our children and grandchildren, on hearsay, and schedules and what have you, not that all of this is bad, but when it is of too much concern.  And then perhaps we loose focus on our Lord.  Well, I canít speak for you all, but I certainly do sometimes.  We are only human! 

 

Perhaps we should ask ourselves if we are as focused on prayer (and is there a need for that these days), on going to church, on attending to the needs of the poor, the homeless, the abused, the sick, the shut-ins, the widows or widowers.  Am I, are you as focused on the needs that are not important?  To really care, to really put Jesus first in our lives, is too emerge our will to his, and sometimes that may require some change in our daily plans.  Do we put all the effort we can into being responding to the call by our Lord to be his disciple?  To becoming a new person, a focused person? 

 

Jesus has to be the ALL in our lives.  All he ever ask of us is to ďCome follow Me.Ē  To let everything else go and to follow him he says, and ďI will give you eternal life.  Stay focused on me and you shall see greatness in your life.  I will take care of your needs.Ē  We go to church each Sunday, that is if we are able (and belong to one), to be fed by the word of God and by the Body and Blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.  That is what we are given for our faith journey.  That is all we really need.

 

Our journey in this life is not always smooth, maybe hardly ever.  It is not always so clear cut as we might think.  Sometimes we are filled with uncertainties and doubt.  Sometimes there is pain and suffering illness, and we wonder how that fits into Godís plan of salvation for us.  Yet, sometime we are just lazy and indifferent.  We just donít care.  However my friends, myself included, we have a decision to make everyday of our lives, the decision of whether or not to follow Christ, to let him be the focus of our life, supported and strengthened by each other, to meet the challenge of each day with him at the helm.  Or, is it going to be the world, with itís empty promises?  We either choose to love or we choose not to love.  It is never easy.  It never will be, but the choice of love, the choice to focus on Jesus, is the choice of eternal life or the choice of eternal damnation, and there are people who will choose the latter.  God grant us the wisdom to choose wisely!

 

It is my hope that this message has been meaningful to you.  I wish you great week ahead, and will keep you in my prayers that you might enjoy good health and that all of your needs be met.  May the peace and the love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all.

 

© Deacon Steve

July 21st, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~ I Run To Him ~

 

As fast as my knees will bend down to pray,
I run to God with my needs everyday.


When someone I love is having a rough time,
I run to Him knowing they will be fine.


When I am afraid and so full of fear,
I run to God for I know Heís always there.


When my trials get to heavy feeling like theyíll never end,
I know God will help me and I run to Him.


With everything thatís happening in this world today,
I run to the one who will make everything ok.


He has all the answers and He knows everything,
There is nothing in my life that to Him I canít bring.


He loves me and cares so much about me,
After talking to Him I always feel free.


There will always be sorrows, and bad times and sin,
And as fast as I can I will always run to Him.

 



Written By Eva Dimel
Inspired By God
July 16th 2010

 

 

 

 

 


 

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