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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of Martha and Mary and Lazarus. They welcomed the Lord at home.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

I am the good shepherd,
my sheep listen to my voice,
and they become
one flock and one fold.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Luke 10,38-42

In the course of their journey he came to a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house.

She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord's feet and listened to him speaking.

Now Martha, who was distracted with all the serving, came to him and said, 'Lord, do you not care that my sister is leaving me to do the serving all by myself? Please tell her to help me.'

But the Lord answered, 'Martha, Martha,' he said, 'you worry and fret about so many things,

and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part, and it is not to be taken from her.'


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

I give you a new commandment,
that you love one another.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Today the Church remembers Martha, Mary’s and Lazarus’ sister. With this memory we understand the strength of the Gospel that leads us to change our heart and life. After having welcomed Jesus into her home, Martha let herself be "distracted by her many tasks," by the things that Martha saw to be truly important. These "tasks," her conviction, make her so hurried that she is not even aware of the presence of the Teacher. She is so taken up with herself and by her concerns, that not only is she not attentive to what Jesus is saying, but she also turns to him to reproach him for his disregard. She wants the guest to pay attention to her, not vice versa, showing that the centre of her attention was not Jesus, but herself. Truly she was being excessively restless and losing sight of what was essential. Every time we are focused on ourselves and on our own concerns, we end up avoiding listening to the Lord (how many times do our activities not even afford us the time to listen to and read the Word of God!) and lose sight of the meaning of our activity and the reason for our life. Instead, Mary, who understood what counts most in life, sits before the Teacher and listens attentively to his words. Our entire life, our way of thinking and our activity ought to flow from our listening to the Gospel.

Memory of the Church