July 29, 2020
Ps 59:2-4, 10-11, 17-18
John 11:19-27 or Luke 10:38-42
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.
There is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part
and it will not be taken from her.
What is Repentance ? What is doing God’s Will? What is believing Jesus Christ? What is loving God ? What is loving our Neighbor ? What is Salvation ? What is Baptism ? What is Ecumenism ? What are Beatitudes ? What is Gospel ? What are Commandments? What is the Word of God? What is Bible? What is Christianity? What is humanity? What is Charity? What is inter religious Dialogue? What is Social Work?
The Answer to all the above questions is in only one Word and that is ” LOVE”. Love is the key to open every answer in this World. We can use this key everywhere, with all kind of people and it works . Love is not an human activity but human divinity. Human Beings have misinterpreted the meaning of Gods love and engaged in many activities in their life, calling themselves as servants of love. The simple definition of love is” giving “in the human context , if our activity is not involved in the giving but if there is any other motive then it is not called giving but receiving or expecting, this is not love at all.
If a mother gives herself to make her Children of giving or Charity then her Sacrifice is called love but if a mother sacrifices her life for her Children to make them children of the World , then it is a clear indication that her love for her children is selfish because she expects something from those Children or she has misinterpreted the love of God in to Worldly love. This is the case in every relationship or activity of our life. If our motive is not giving but receiving then we miss the target to love and fall in to SIN. SIN is opposite of love , SIN is when we say I do not love you in any activity of our life. When we refuse to love in our life , we offend Love and Love is God himself.
We are involved in many things of this World but if these very things do not contribute to build others life in love and charity then our involvement ,how big it may look like or if we have sacrificed our whole life for it , it is big waste of time or it is like wasting time in gathering the rubbish in our life which will rot and decay and not useful in any way . I remember the story of a Goan fisher Man.
Once a tourist met a fisherman on the coast of Goa.
Looking at the type of fish he had caught, the tourist asked him how long it took him to catch them.
“Not very long,” answered the fisherman.
“But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the tourist.
The fisherman explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.
The tourist asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?
“I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, spend time with my family and friends.”
The tourist interrupted, “I have an MBA from IIM-A, and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat.”
“And after that?” asked the fisherman.
“With the extra money, the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers.Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to some other city. From there you can direct your huge new enterprise.”
“How long would that take?” asked the fisherman.
“Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years,” replied the tourist.
“And after that?”
“Afterwards? Well my friend, That’s when it gets really interesting,” chuckled the tourist, “When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!”
“Millions? Really? And after that?” asked the fisherman.
“After that you’ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, spend time with your friends and family”
“With all due respect sir, but that’s exactly what I am doing now. So what’s the point wasting 25 Years?” asked the fisherman.
The moral of the story is we in a rat race in which we neither have a purpose nor we understand the purpose of life. My Friends there is only one purpose in life is to give love and live for love and rest all is secondary in life. When we live our life on supporting functions like money and education and not on main function of love then the main function of love or the Spirit of God missing in our life.
In today’s Gospel Martha was involved in the secondary or supporting functions like hospitality but what God wants in our life is to listen to the love of God and reflect on it and live a life of Love and Charity.