As a child, I was always very active—hyperactive, some might say. I could test the patience of my family with my non-stop antics. My grandmother often compared me to a chicken running around with its head cut off. Now that’s an image for you! But her point was obvious: I was running around, expending a great deal of energy, but all that motion and activity was not necessarily productive.

To The One Who Knocks

In one of the Gospel messages this month, Jesus came to visit with two of his dearest friends, Mary and Martha. We can assume that he will joining the sisters for a meal, because we hear Martha complaining to the Lord that she is doing all the work of preparing and serving while Mary is doing nothing but sitting at the feet of Jesus and listening to Him. In his kind and caring way, Jesus reminds Martha that Mary has chosen the better role and that it will not be taken from her. Mary has chosen to sit with the Lord, to be in his presence, and to enjoy the moment and give focus to her life.

While I’m sure Jesus truly appreciated the hard work and careful preparation Martha put into the meal, he knew that the better choice was to focus on what really counts and what will really make a difference in a person’s life. Being in the presence of the Lord will always clarify what truly matters for all of us.

“When we are focused, when we pray and listen to the Lord, the quality of our lives is made better.”

Far too often, our lives become cluttered with unfocused activity and running about. And for what? When we are focused, when we pray and listen to the Lord, the quality of our lives is made better. We find ourselves doing the things that really make a difference, things that enhance both our lives and the lives of others. Giving and making time with the Lord gives us both direction and value to the activities of our lives.

I find that an ideal time to simple be in the presences of Jesus is during Mass and Eucharistic Adoration. Like Mary, we are invited to sit in the presence of the Lord and to listen, pray, and better understand what the Lord is asking of us. For me personally, being in the presence of Jesus allows me to focus better on the work we do with the children of Mercy Home. It reminds me that our mission is truly God’s work.

And so, this July, we gather around the table of the Lord to celebrate this Eucharist. We gather to listen, to pray, and to be nourished by the presence of Christ. We take this time to focus our lives so that we might be better able to do his work and his will. Like Mary, we are choosing, as a community of faith, to be nourished by the presence of the Lord.

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