From the Desk of Father Mark,
July 22, 2007
My Dear People,
Martha, Martha, Martha . . .How come I can't seem to pray? This is a question I have often been asked as a priest. If God loves us so much, and desires for us to be with Him in paradise, why does it seem He is so far away? The short answer is "original sin". Adam and Eve lost their perfect relationship with the Father, as a result of their own choice to abandon Him for Lucifer. We inherit that spiritual defect as children of Eve. The New Eve, Mary the Mother of God, restores that relationship for us most perfectly through Jesus Her Son.
When Jesus corrects Martha, and tells Martha that her sister Mary is seeking after "more important things" than housework, He does not belittle Martha, but raises her up. Mary's heart longed for what we long for in our own heart...union with Jesus. We may not fully recognize that need, but it is deeply rooted in all of God's children. Mary longed to learn from Jesus how to satisfy this desire in union with Him. Jesus continues to instruct both Mary and Martha on how to seek the "greater gifts". Many times we become so distracted by the everyday details of living our lives, that we often miss the opportunity to hunger for Our Lord. When you long for peace of mind and heart, seek Jesus first, as did Mary in our Gospel today. You will not be deprived of it!
Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,
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