SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR C
17th July 2022
Genesis 18:1-10; Colossians 1:24-28; Luke 10:38-42.
Today the church reminds us of the importance to listen to God in prayer. What will transform the soul comes through listening. In today’s gospel, Jesus praised Mary for choosing the better part that cannot be taken away from her. Without prejudice to Martha who did all the serving, Jesus was emphasising the very essence of Christian action which is the word of God. The word of God form the principles that guide our actions. The Christian life is a fruitful life that is guided by principles. These principles lead us to the things that matter most as we shall see in the first and second readings.
In the first reading, the expression ‘the Lord appeared to Abraham at the Oak of Mamre’ is the author’s way of showing that Abraham was praying. The effects of the prayer led him to the immediate need of the ‘three men’. He said to the men, ‘I beg you, if I find favour with you, kindly do not pass your servant by. A little water shall be brought; you shall wash your feet and lie down under the tree. Let me fetch a little bread and you shall refresh yourselves before going further. That is why you have come in your servant’s direction.’ In the second reading, Paul understood the essence of his mission when he said, ‘The mystery is Christ among you, your hope of glory: this is the Christ we proclaim, this is the wisdom in which we thoroughly train everyone and instruct everyone, to make them all perfect in Christ’.
Dear friends, we have a wonderful life as Christians. God wants us to listen to him, not to tell us what to do, rather to give us the very principles that will make our actions beneficial to those around us. When the principles of his word meet our creativity, the result is always beneficial. These principles become part of us and will not be taken away from us. Let us listen to God at Holy Mass and in our personal prayers. The challenge is to listen before acting in order to avoid acting in vain. Let us allow God’s principles to guide our creativity to the things that really matter.
Fr Anthony Ekpunobi, CM.