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4/15/19 Weekly Reflection

Apr 15, 2019

We greet you in the name of our Lord Christ Jesus.

May the light of the Holy Spirit of our Lord, the Lord of love, mercy, and compassion shine upon all of us and may He grant us the knowledge, patience and wisdom to understand the richness of His teachings and missions which are intended to nurture our hearts and our lives.


“As they continued their journey, he entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary [who] sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “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.” (John 1o:38-42).

When I was about 6 or 7, I was often envious and resentful of my 12-year-old brother. It seems to me, he always received more "favor" from my mom. For example; I had to go to bed earlier than he, I had to eat my veggies, I was not allowed to stay overnight at my friend's house, I can’t talk with my mouth full, I must be polite to all (including my neighbor friends who picked on me), etc…I was also somehow always busy with my boring home work while my brother seemed to have plenty of time to do his own stuff. Like Martha, I did not find any enjoyment in my works and the gift that my mom cares for me.

Martha did not recognize the blessing in serving the Lord, and complained to the Lord: "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?" Mary, on the other hand, did not let other things around distract her from the Lord Jesus. She took the opportunity to listen to Him and spend precious time with Him, because she recognizes "there is need of only one thing."

Are we like Martha who is too busy with worldly tasks to recognize the wonderful gift that our Lord presents to us every day in our lives, or are we like Mary who wholeheartedly submitted to the Lord? Lent invites us to hunger and thirst for God, now. Easter reminds us that resurrection is for those who began in this life to create the beloved community that will live with God forever. Lent is the time of lifting up and returning to our Lord and to let the Lord open our hearts and mind. To allow the Lord to guide us along on our salvation path so that, like Mary, we may come to recognize and understand the richness of His words and His eternal presence and care in our lives.

In other words, submit ourselves to the Lord and invite Him into our lives and we will attain and know the ultimate joy of salvation.

Amen!

-Deacon Joe Nguyen

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