READING OF THE DAY
First reading from the Book of Genesis
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.”
Second reading fromthe Letter to the Colossians
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.
GOSPEL OF THE DAY
From the Gospel according to Luke
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.”
Sunday of 16th Week in Ordinary Time
Dear People of God,
This Sunday’s Gospel emphasizes a vital aspect in the life of a Christian: listening to and practice of the Word of God.
The Gospel tells the story of Jesus visiting the home of two sisters, Mary and Martha. Martha was the one who is busy cooking, while Mary was near the Lord’s feet to listen to His Word and put it into practice. Between the two vocations: focusing on material life and listening to the Word of God, Jesus wants to emphasize that it’s vital for everyone to listen to God’s word above all else, and the other things He will give later.
When Jesus Christ came down to earth to preach the Word of God the Father to all human beings, He was commanded to speak about the mystery of the Kingdom, and about God the Father himself. He invites people to listen to the Word of God the Father in order to have eternal life. Listening to the Word of God here is not just listening and leaving it, but He wants everyone to put it into practice, which is faith in a God of Love. Once we believes, he wants us to manifest that belief in our daily lives by practicing the commandment of love: to love, to fear God above all else, and to love one’s neighbor as ourselves.
God wants everyone to look at and follow the example set by the three saints: Abraham, Saint Paul, and Mary.
Patriarch Abraham listened to, believed absolutely and followed God the Father’s instructions to go to a foreign land under His guidance. Therefore, God fillfulled His Promise to Abraham that his descendants be as numerous as the stars in the sky, as the sand on the seashore.
Saint Paul who is the apostle to the Gentiles and a solid instrument of God, continued to preach the Word of God to all mankind and called people to repent and turn back to God.
Mary, who listened to and followed the Word of God’s teachings above all else.
Today, God wants to invite everyone to look at those examples and put them into practice: Let’s always listen to and practice the Word of God the Father in our life. That is what always pleases God, and He will give Eternal Life as a future Kingdom reward.
Thanks be to God. Amen.