Cycle C

Good News C34

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


 Luke 10:38-42 New American Bible

Luke 10:38-42 New International Version Bible Gateway


In today’s Gospel Martha is so busy preparing and fixing and serving that she has left no time to visit with Jesus.  However, after Jesus arrived Mary spent the entire time at the feet of Jesus listening to his every word. 

         What are some ways to make sure you can visit with company when they come?  When someone comes to visit, you could go to a restaurant.  Others will do the cooking and serving and leave you time to visit.  You could cook the meal ahead of time, put it in the freezer, and heat it up just before your company arrives.  Plan ahead to take turns serving and being served.  It’s an art to knowing how to serve.  They have schools to teach people how to be waiters and waitresses at the fancy restaurants. 

If your grandparents are coming to visit, get your homework and chores done, so that you can relax and just spend time talking, listening, and/or playing together. 

What if Jesus was coming over to your house tonight at 6:00 p.m.?  What would you do before he got there?  What would you do after he got there?  Where would you sit?  Where would your parents sit?  What questions would you ask him?  What would you like for him to do?

Would you be more interested in fixing the food and the table while he was there?  Would you be fixing your bike so you could show him how you could ride it?  Or would you be right beside him? 

The way I see it, what Mary and Martha were both doing what was polite.  Martha didn’t think Mary was doing enough. Sometimes we humans are like that.  We are quick to judge others. 

When two people have one job that has to be done…we want the work to be split 50/50.  I was that way when I was growing up.  My mother told me I could go out to a movie if my sister and I cleaned our room.  My sister wouldn’t clean her side.  Therefore, I asked Mother if I cleaned up my half, could I go to the movies?  She said, “Yes.” So I cleaned up as fast as I could.  Anything I found that belonged to my sister, I put on the imaginary dividing line that split the room in half.   I vacuumed my half, dusted my half, and made up my bed that was on my side of the room.  My half of the job was complete.  Mother let me go to the movies.  I was ecstatic.  

A really nice thing would have been for me to clean up the whole room, but I wasn’t into doing that.  I just wanted to get to the movie.  I was just thinking of myself.   

Whenever you receive Holy Eucharist, Jesus is coming to visit you.  You need to get ready for his visit. Get all your chores done before church, so that you can just sit and talk with Jesus after you receive his body and blood.  If you don’t have all of the chores done, take a rest.  Stop all working and worrying to visit with Jesus.  Tell him everything that has been going on with you.  Tell him what’s bothering you.  Ask him what you should do to solve any problems you might have. Say, “Lord, Jesus, help me.  Tell me what I should do.” 

When you are open to what God tells you, it is amazing how good you can hear.  But if you are too busy to stop and listen, you might miss some good advice and loving words. 

My grandfather had a hearing aid.  He would turn it down so he couldn’t hear any noises.  But if you started saying something nice about him, he would turn that hearing aid up high.  He did not want to miss any kind words.  You don’t want to miss God’s good words.  Turn up your hearing aid!  Listen to the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Say the “Our Father” and ask God to create a calm over you so that you can  assist the people who need your help in life. Ask God send help to those without help.  Thank God for all the people he has sent to help you in your life.


“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”




Copyright © 2004 Joan Y. Edwards