All Saints Messenger - July 30, 2015

posted Jul 30, 2015, 12:59 PM by Church Secretary

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

This past Wednesday was the Feast Day of Mary & Martha of Bethany, sisters of Lazarus and the subjects of a story in the tenth chapter of Luke that we know very well.  If you recall it is about the everyday normalcy of friendship.  Mary is entertaining Jesus and Martha is working hard preparing a meal.  Jesus' comment seems a little too direct, a bit cold maybe.  This led us to realize that we don't know much about the relationship between Mary, Martha and Jesus.  We only know this story.


It is easy to come to the conclusion that Mary, Martha and Jesus had become quite good friends and there was a little bit of good natured ribbing going on.  Almost like Jesus affirming Martha's preoccupation with working hard and then complaining about it and Jesus' tactful reminders to Martha to not be so busy and so serious.


This led us into a conversation about friendships and how special they are but also as to how hard they are to start, grow, and maintain.  Potential friendships are all around us.  The question is can we see the possibility and are we willing to spend the time and effort to make the relationship grow.


We can say the same thing about our relationship with Jesus.  If we want Jesus to truly be our friend and we His friend we must put in the time and the work and be able to see Him in the faces of those around us, in the sacraments, in nature and wherever else you find him.  It takes work, it takes time, it takes study, it takes contemplation, it takes prayer!  And most important of all, when someone crosses our path who we believe could be a friend we, no one else must, DECIDE to engage that friendship.


What will you decide, who will you decide to engage as friend?

See Ya Sunday!