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The Necessary Balance

September 27, 2020
Teach Us to Pray More
October 7, 2020
PITIK-BULAG: The Necessary Balance
We are distracted with so many things everyday. In our desire to control everything, we place on our shoulders many responsibilities and make ourselves busy with everything. We become task-oriented and not love-oriented anymore. In the end, the work we do defines us. We do things for the sake of finishing them, but not in the name of love. And when we carry many responsibilities in our lives, we feel alone and abandoned. We feel that no one is helping us and no one understands us. We feel that no one cares at all. We feel “pasan-pasan ko ang buong daigdig.” As a result, it breeds resentment and anger against others.
This was exactly the feeling of Martha in our gospel today. She felt abandoned both by Jesus and Mary. Martha felt that Mary abandoned her from all the dirty works, while Jesus seemed so oblivious of her situation. She felt alone and abandoned by her loved ones. She began entertaining resentment and made a harsh remark to Jesus and Mary: “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? (Luke 10:40).”
Full of love and understanding, Jesus did not scold Martha. He took the opportunity to correct her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:41-42).”
We are not far from Martha. We entertain resentments when someone is not helping us with our heavy works. We tend to neglect our prayer life when we are busy. We don’t always hit the necessary harmonious balance between prayer and action. We are always inclined to set aside our prayer life when heavy work comes. We failed to recognize that when we are at our busiest moment, this is the moment that we need to pray more.
Here are some considerations for your prayerful reflection:
“Martha welcomed him into her home.” (Luke 10: 38).
Martha made the first decisive step in establishing a relationship with Jesus. She invited Him to come to her humble home. Are you aware of the importance of inviting Jesus in your life?
“Mary sat at the Lord’s feet and listened.” (Luke 10:39).
Inviting Jesus in our life is not enough. Mary knew that listening to Jesus matters a lot. It is in listening with a humble heart that allows us to understand God’s will.
“Martha was distracted by her many tasks. She complained, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.'” (Luke 10:40).
Worrying too much of our work affects our prayer life. When we are busy, we tend to ignore our prayer and begin working, working, and working. In the process, we lose our direction, our joy of working, and the meaning of our work.
“Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.’” (Luke 10: 42).
Our busy schedule is not a good excuse not pray. In fact, we need to pray more when we are busy. Our prayer life gives us direction, enlightenment, and discernment. It is important to invite God in all areas of our lives and consult Him in all our decisions. We don’t want to lose the sense of loving service in everything we do and ended up seeing our works as mere duties.
The balance between prayer and action is important in our daily life. It brings a happy life full of meanings and not mere accomplishments. It allows us to enjoy every single task we do, as we do it in the name of love, and not mere duty.
– Fr. Willy M. Samson, SJ
October 6, 2020 – Tuesday
Gospel Reading: Luke 10: 38-40

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