⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (10 October 2017)

????Jonah 3:1-10; Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 7bc-8 (R.v.3); Luke 10:38-42

The prompt response of Jonah when God called him a second time and that of the Ninevites after Jonah had called them to repentance (cf. Jon 3:1-10) challenge us on what must be our attitude towards the Word of God. That attitude must be one of readiness at all times to give ourselves completely to God without looking back nor giving rooms to distractions or procrastination (delay).

Jesus brings out that attitude more clearly in his response to Martha’s complaint against Mary who decided to just sit and listen to him while Martha does the service alone (cf. Luke 10:38-42).

That response must not be misinterpreted as if Jesus wants us to sleep in the Church without working. No! Martha’s problem was in the fact that she allowed Mary to be a distraction to her. Otherwise, she could have still focused on Jesus even while rendering her services.

Some of us are called to contemplative life while others are called to reach out to others. But all of us are called to focus on Jesus and remain with him because, cut off from him, we can do nothing.

May God open our minds to understand that focusing on him at all times and responding to the challenges of his Word would profit us for salvation. And may he give us the courage to follow him without ever looking back. Amen.

Have a joyful day in union with God. Peace be with you.

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