Hostility or Hospitality

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 07/07/2016

in Ordinary Time

Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time — Cycle C

“Sir, if I may ask you this favor, please do not go past your servant.” (GN 18:3)
(A Catholic Serendipity Bible For Personal and Small Group Study)

In the Genesis reading Abraham sees a group of three men walking past his home. “Come in; come in so we can wash your feet and give you some nourishment.” These men were strangers.

In the Gospel we meet two sisters—Mary at the feet listening intently to Jesus. Her sister Martha is preparing the food. She interrupts and asks Jesus to tell Mary to get to the kitchen and help her. “Martha, don’t get out of shape,” answered Jesus, “just make a sandwich and let’s just sit down, rest and talk.” It seems to me that Jesus is urging us again to love our neighbor as he has loved us.

Hostility or Hospitality

Abraham, the Good Samaritan, and Martha are hospitable people who care.
They not only care, but wish to share.
We might name them Hospitality Helpers.
They knew in their hearts the better part.
Not law, nor money,
Not title, nor fame,
Love was their aim.
Remember when disciples of Jesus wanted to rain down fire.
Samaritans were enemies of the Jews.
Now was the time to choose war or peace.
Jesus just walked on by the Samaritan town. Perhaps he knew that war will never cease.
Yet, it was the enemy, Good Samaritan, who stopped to help the one in need.
Now is the time for us to choose.
Will we follow the hostile crowds, who bring on wars?
Will we walk the way of Jesus?

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. Give some reasons why Jesus favored Mary’s listening over Martha’s business.
  2. What are some of things Jesus favored over what the Pharisee’s held onto in society?
  3. What does worrying and business play on our spiritual journeys as disciples?
  4. How would you settle the world wide wars and mass killings?
  5. What are some of the things you do to actively show hospitality?
  6. In your journals write a peace prayer or write your reflections on the Mary and Martha story.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Sr. Renetta Graff July 8, 2016 at 11:44 am

Reflecting on what has happened over the past weeks and over the past 2 days this poem reminds us that we are all called to be people of hospitality, opening our hearts to ALL.


Sr. Juliemarie McDonald July 10, 2016 at 3:53 pm

Renetta, these weeks certainly have made us all to ask ourselves what do I do to be a loving, hospitable to all of God’s children. Jm


Sr. Kathleen Tobin July 8, 2016 at 1:47 pm

Dear Sister Juliemarie,

I like the poem and its rhyming parts. It goes so well with the readings.


Sr. Juliemarie McDonald July 10, 2016 at 3:55 pm

Thank you, Kathleen, it’s good to get comments both good and bad ones.
These comments make for a better writer. Jm


Valerie Pinney July 9, 2016 at 9:34 am

Wonderful insight. I have a new understanding. Thank you!!!


Sr. Juliemarie McDonald July 10, 2016 at 4:02 pm

Val, thanks. That’s what happens when you take time to reflect. As a writer and one who comments on scripture, I can truly say, “I is the guidance of the Holy Spirit.” Sometimes, I think this idea or that one is
clever or witty. I don’t post it, because in my deepest center I know this is not what the Spirit wants me to write. Praise God. Jm


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