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First Reading GN 18:1-10A
This is a fascinating story that hides some supernatural details. On the surface, this looks like a very simple lesson about the importance of good hospitality, especially in contrast to the difficult times Abraham and Sarah experienced in Egypt and Sodom. In reality, this story is really about the importance of Trust in God’s providence.
It is believed that these three mysterious visitors were angels in disguise. The word “angel” means messenger, and like in many other times when they appear, they come to communicate a message.
There is an implication that he somehow understood these men were special, but they were still strangers. Abraham speaks and acts in humility, and he does not hesitate to offer them the best of what he has. This also isn’t a short visit, and it seems that no one is in a hurry to go anywhere. It seemed as if Abraham had everything. In a time and place when resources were limited, Abraham showed that he had the money and ability to provide lavishly for his guests. Even with all he had, Abraham was still missing a son, which is then promised to him within a year.
God gives us everything, and Our Lord will provide.
Responsorial Psalm PS 15:2-3, 3-4
He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.
Second Reading COL 1:24-28
This part of the letter from Paul is addressing some questions that were brought to St Paul. Like all communities made up of us fallen creatures, issues have come about in this Christian community, and Paul takes this time for correction. Since he was not a founder of this Christian community, he first reminds them of his authority, and then he proceeds to teach. The central message here is about the history of God’s revelation to man, and His intention to include all men in the hope of glory through Christ.
Gospel LK 10:38-42
This is one of the most famous passages in the Gospels. I’ve often heard many people even describe their spirituality by relating to either Martha or Mary. In the Gospel reading, we see a continuation of the subject of hospitality, but Jesus shares that he prefers to teach his hosts rather than be served by them. He reminds us of what is most important when spending time with others – appreciating the people put in our lives.
This story also shows how Martha gets upset and blames Mary and Jesus for her feelings of annoyance. We are sent guest, not so what we will feel inconvenienced or annoyed, but that we can appreciate the gift they are to us.
Question for further meditation, how can you appreciate the people in your life more, both the familiar and the stranger?
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