Homily for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Theme: What God really wants.
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Sunday July 21 2019
(Lk. 10:38-42) Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel, Jesus visits the sisters of His good friend lazarus. Martha immediately was busy preparing something for Jesus while Mary preferred to sit beside Jesus and awaited His words. Martha complained but Jesus reminded her that Mary chose the better part.
Mary and Martha represent two kinds of peersons in our society today. martha represents the active ones. They are those who believe that life is about doing. They are those who consider work as the best way to live life. Mary, on the other hand, represents the contemplative ones. They are those who would prefer to spend time on reflections and prayer and see those as the very foundations of life Jesus cited the latter as the more important one. Note that Jesus did not say that the Marthas are bad. The Marys, for Jesus, are better off.
Mary chose to listen first to Jesus. Listening to the Lord is a type of prayer. We were used to prayer as telling God what we want. Our prayers maybe in the form of asking for graces, praising God, asking forgiveness, or thanksgiving. We communicate to God what we feel and think. We let God listen to us. But have we listened to Him? The complete prayer involves us listening to Him after we have said our piece. After all it is God’s word which is the most important. Our common mistake is not being able to listen to what God has to say.
Of course God already knows what we want and what to do with them. But do we take time to know what God wants? Do we spend time listening to Him? In fact, we do not have to say anything when we go to pray to God. He knows what are in our hearts. Listening and opening to God is the best prayer. God speaks to us in a way which we can discern and understand. Unfortunately, many times, we leave God without having heard His word.
The good employee reports to the boss and listen to his instructions before working. The best soldier goes to his commander and receives his mission and instructions. The ideal child first knows what his parents want and is guided by them. The good Christian kneel before the Lord and listen to what the Lord will say.