YEAR C: HOMILY FOR THE 16TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: Martha welcomed Jesus into her house. Mary has chosen the better part.
BY: Fr. Patrick
HOMILY: My friends a small survey was done on the three most important things of my generation when we were teenagers. They were excitement, money and travel. Nowadays the three most important things for my generation are family, friends and job satisfaction. Each of these is based around relationships. We see this also in our first reading and especially in our Gospel. We are told Martha is distracted and she worries and fret about so many things. Jesus calls Martha, and by extension the rest of us, to focus our attention on our relationship with Jesus – to be present to him like Mary in our Gospel and also to one another. Nothing should distract us from this.
My friends, has it ever happened to you that while talking to somebody the other person texts, e-mails or even pops the phone out of the pocket and takes a call while that person is supposed to be listening to you? I’d imagine many of us have done this and been the victim of it also. These gadgets we have are very useful, but they should not come in the way of the relationships we have with one another and especially when we are face-to-face with somebody. My generation has got it right – that the most important things in life are family, friends – and I include God here as our closest friend – and job satisfaction. Let us nourish and cherish these relationships always.