St. Michael's Parish - Cobourg

“You worry for many things, only one is needed…” -Homily July 17, 2016

“You worry for many things, only one is needed…”         -Homily July 17, 2016

 

 

Just a short note about the Gospel of today. When I prepared the homily, I always try to think what would be useful to people. But then I realized that this Gospel was for me. So let me share some reflections that may be useful to you too, especially when you are worried and anxious for many things.

 

The Lord is not telling Martha that she is doing something wrong, but that Mary is doing something better. He is also telling her that she should not do what she does in anxiety. She was anxious before, but the Lord didn’t tell her anything. When Martha, however, tried to take Mary away from listening to the Lord, then the Lord stopped her, and made her reflect. “Martha, Martha, you worry for many things, only one is needed.” The things of this world are many, but they will all pass away.

 

In this world there are two parts, the part that you are doing, and the part that Mary chose. What Mary chose will last forever. You also, Martha, have to do that part. You also have to stop and pray sometimes. Mary also has to work: she has to rise from the pew and work sometimes. But one day there will be only rest, and no more work. I will give you rest. One day you will not feed me, but I will feed you. Keep that in mind, and do not be anxious. Remember why you are working. You do not have to do many things, only one thing: please me, in all you do.

 

Do not be anxious.

Nothing that happens to you will prevent you from pleasing me. “You will never be tested beyond your strength” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Everything you do should be done for me, in order to please me. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Nothing is forever, only you and me. You are immortal, I am Eternal.

Forget about the world, or at least, do not be anxious about things.

Forget about the world when you are with me. If you do not think of me when you are in church, when will you think of me?

Do not be anxious when you are working for your brothers. I am coming soon, and everything will be over. I will give you rest.

 

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:4-7).  –Fr. Andrew