The key to the Christian life is setting priorities: Jesus Christ first, then everything else. The only way really to learn that lesson is to spend some time every day, "sitting at the feet of Jesus."
Today’s first reading describes how Abraham and Sarah’s hospitality to angels in the guise of stranh3gers was rewarded by God, who blessed them with a son in their old age.
In the second reading, Paul declares that he was commissioned by God to minister to the Church, as the revealer of the mystery of salvation and the preacher of the word in its fullness (v. 25). He invites believers to open their hearts and minds and to show their hospitality to the mystery of Christ which he preaches. Paul also challenges us to cultivate that quality of hospitality which welcomes all others in Christ.
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Ahhh yes…Martha and Mary. One sister has a heart of duty and obedience, the other has a heart of love and adoration. How often do we approach our stewardship with a heart like Martha? Do we participate in various ministries out of duty? Do we resent the work that has to be done? Do we complain about the people who refuse to help? Martha clearly understands the need for hospitality, and she is annoyed that her sister is being so lazy!! Meanwhile, Mary is sitting with Jesus, listening to Him speak. She is attending to her guest with a joyful heart. Why don’t we approach our stewardship with a heart like Mary’s? Yes, there is work to be done, but the most important aspect of hospitality is attending to one another’s needs. Often we are “anxious and worried about many things”, like Martha. Discipleship should not be burdensome; it should stir up joy in your spirit.