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Homily for the 16th Sunday in ordinary time, year c

GEN. 18:1-10a
COL. 1:24-28
LUKE 10:38-42
Brethren, this morning we are invited to examine how we treat and relate to strangers, since it has an effect on our calling as Christians. But sadly, we are living in a world where strangers are often cheated and taken advantage of. Hence, the first reading and the gospel take up the theme of hospitality reminding us that whatever we do for the least of our brothers, we do it for him.
Beloved, for Abraham the welcome he offered the strangers was something he did unknown to him to God himself ; whoever welcomes you,welcomes me and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me(cf     Matt 10:40-42                    ). This singular act of Abraham brought about the  of the promise made to him by God. The stranger needs help because of his vulnerability but unfortunately this vulnerability is the source of the strangers manipulation.
Beloved in Christ, the call to be hospitable does not mean we should throw caution to the wind and welcome everybody to our home. For just as angels come to us as strangers, thieves also come as strangers but when we are in tune with the Lord we can differentiate between the angel and the thief.
It is therefore this idea of being in tune with God that our gospel passage addresses  the story of Martha and Mary which is prefaced also on the theme of hospitality. Thus, no matter how busy we are,we should learn to pause,to listen and to pray.
Beloved, Jesus is not telling us to ignore the material needs of our guests but rather we should not overly place attention on it, in fact we should set our priorities right. He is consequently inviting us to pay attention to the person. For at times what people need from us is   not material things but our attention. This call from Jesus is something we must all embrace since the society in which we live is losing human relationships to technology,for example, today  it is common for a host to leave the guest with the television set and go to the kitchen cooking without offering the guest water.
Brethren, though these two sisters are interested in trying to please the Lord the difference lies in the manner for while Martha preferred the way of service( working for the Lord),Mary opted for the way of relationship (being with the Lord). Let us not become so busy that we forget why we are living, or become so involved in what we are doing that we forget why we are doing it.                     www.padredolphyne.WordPress.com.                                       http./padredolphyne.blogspot.com

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