FR. GERALD MUSA HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE 27TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE II
THEME: Martha and Mary
BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa
HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OCTOBER 4 2022
Abraham cheerfully welcomed some strangers- offering them water, food, and accommodation. In the end, Abraham knew they were angels when they promised him that his wife Sarah would conceive and bear a son. Abraham experienced the presence of God in the visit of the angels and their promise to him. Just as Abraham found joy in hospitality, St. Paul found joy in service and stewardship and made himself a home for God’s grace. Another interesting story of hospitality and service comes from St. Luke who narrates how Martha and Mary encountered Jesus and were excited to have him stay with them. They offered hospitality to Jesus in the same spirit with which Abraham offered hospitality to the angels that visited his house. Fr. Munachi E. Ezeogu explains, “The point of the story of Jesus with Mary and Martha is not to invite us to choose between being a Martha or a Mary. A true disciple of Jesus needs to be both Martha and Mary. The point of the story is to challenge our priorities so that we come to see that fellowship with the Lord, being with the Lord, and hearing his word should always precede the work we do for the Lord.” How balanced is our spirituality? Do our religious activities overshadow our relationship with God? How welcoming are we to visitors?