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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

July 29th: Saint Martha

Gospel text (Lk 10,38-42): As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, He entered a village and a woman called Martha welcomed him to her house. She had a sister named Mary who sat down at the Lord's feet to listen to his words. Martha, meanwhile, was busy with all the serving and finally she said, «Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do all the serving?». But the Lord answered, «Martha, Martha, you worry and are troubled about many things, whereas only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the better part, and it will not be taken away from her».

St. Martha

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, in the celebration of St. Martha, the Gospel proposes us the episode of Jesus’ visit to Bethany, to the house of Martha and Mary, sisters of Lazarus. Marta was busy with her many chores, while Mary was quietly sitting at the Master's feet and listening to Him. To Martha, who was complaining because her sister did not help her, Jesus replied: "Mary has chosen the best part".

This episode reminds us of the primacy of the spiritual life, the need to feed us with the Word of God to give flavor to our daily occupations. It is a timely invitation for this summer: rest can help us to recover the balance between activism and contemplation, between haste and our natural rhythms, between the many sounds and the silence that promotes peace.

—Jesus, when Lazarus lay in the tomb, St. Martha rushed to welcome you in the outskirts of Bethany to ask you for the "impossible": and You made it reality!