Thursday, July 28, 2005

On The Eve Of St. Martha's Feast

Here's a beautiful reflection by Brother William Webster found in

Now as they were traveling along, Jesus entered a certain village; and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. And she had a sister called Mary, who moreover was listening to the Lord's word, seated at his feet. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to him, and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only a few things are necessary, really only one, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” ~Luke 10: 38-42

Several saints of the Church received the special grace to be able to live on the daily Eucharist, eating nothing else for years. Of course, this is out of the ordinary, but it reminds us that truly one thing is necessary: Christ Jesus. In Pope John Paul II’s encyclical on the Eucharist, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, he urged the faithful never to fear excess in our devotion and worship of Christ in the Eucharist. It is Jesus himself – body, blood, soul and divinity – as the Council of Trent affirmed. How is it possible that we can be so overburdened in a day that we cannot take half an hour to be with him in the Eucharist? It is a joy for him when we make those sacrifices which require dropping everything and going to him. It is a joy for us to know that going to him in the Eucharist is the surest and quickest means to grow in holiness

Prayer: Jesus, I believe that you really are in the Blessed Sacrament. Strengthen me to help others know about this source of happiness and peace. Challenge: Today I will invite someone – be he a friend, family member, or stranger – to accompany me in a visit to our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. There is no harm in asking: if he says yes, blessed will he be. If he says no, pray that one day he will.

(Source:Got Thirty Minutes? by Brother William Webster, LC)


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