Friends, I owe you an apology. The last several months have been so wonderfully productive, I forgot to keep in mind that I was going to start slowing down as due date draws closer. That third trimester lethargy and some very rainy weather had me bogged down last week, and I just could not find the words to share with you all!
Luckily, Sunday's Gospel has an answer for that! Jesus returns to the home of Martha and Mary, the infamous sisters. One who is troubled and busy, moving from
task to task because she desperately wants to please Jesus and another who knows that their is a reward is sitting at Jesus' feet and taking time to just be with Him. I often cringe at that reading from Luke's Gospel; Martha wasn't doing anything wrong! But the truth is, we need to be both Martha and Mary in our life. We cannot always do it all. We cannot always just be.
But on Sunday, we heard about Martha and Mary's faith in their Lord. Both whole-heartedly believes that if Jesus had been there, their brother would not have died. Martha goes further, proclaiming her faith in the Resurrection! But she still struggles to understand that Jesus can bring Lazarus back now!
Like Martha, many of us believe in the future Resurrection and future miracles of God's coming. We believe in our future with God, but not the power of our present and immediate relationship with God.
Focus on the present today in your prayers. Stop worrying about tomorrow or yesterday (if only You had been here, Lord). Just like Lazarus, there is a greater plan at work. Abstain, best we can, from anxiety. When worry about the future begins to creep up, ask God to help you focus on the now. Finally, in honor of Lazarus' beloved sisters, give comfort today to someone in need. Practice a Corporal Work of Mercy and give comfort to those who grieve.
Pray in the present, abstain from anxiety, and give comfort to those who mourn.