First reading: Amos 8:1-12
Psalm: Psalm 52
Second reading: Colossians 1:15-28
Gospel: Luke 10: 38-42
It is true that much of our busyness and distraction stems from the noblest of intentions. We want to provide for our families, we want to give our children every opportunity to enrich their lives, we want to serve our neighbours, and yes, we want to serve the Lord. Indeed, where would the church be without its “Marthas,” those faithful folk who perform the tasks of hospitality and service so vital to making the church a welcoming and well-functioning community?
And yet if all our activities leave us with no time to be still in the Lord’s presence and hear God’s word, we are likely to end up anxious and troubled. We are likely to end up with a kind of service that is devoid of love and joy and is resentful of others.
Some thoughts for the day
With each loss, God provides an opportunity for new growth
(The Upper Room, 21 July 2017)
If you want to find God, then honour God within you, and you will always see God beyond you. For it is only God in you who knows where and how to look for God.
(from Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation Wednesday, July 17, 2019)