Father Stefan working on Homily July 17 Martha and Mary need to work together “Soul Institute”The missionary task of the whole people of God

Martha and Mary
But Martha was distracted by all the preparations to be made. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha, the Lord replied, “you are worried and upset about many things. But only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, and it will not be taken away from her.”

There is a great misunderstanding between contemplation and action. We often read on tomb stone …’rest in peace’ but St Therese said that in Heaven her mission will just begin. St Therese said that if heaven is simply turning our backs to this earth than she said to Jesus than leave me here on Earth. In Heaven our work will only just begin. No St Therese saw herself being more active and working harder in heaven.St Therese says “I will spend my heaven in doing good upon earth…NO I shall not be able to rest until the end of the world.” Contemplation is the Soul of Action…And Contemplation is also hard work…St Therese who was a cloister nun is also patron of the mission. Why because prayer and sacrifice are the soul of action. Without prayer our actions bear no fruit.

St Therese tells her fellow sisters
“Our vocation, your and mine, is not to go harvesting in the field of ripe corn; Jesus does not say to us, ‘Lower your eyes, look at the field, and go and reap them…Our mission is still loftier. Here are Jesus words, ‘Lift up your eyes and see…’ See how in Heaven there are places empty; it is for you to fill them…., each one of you Is MY MOSES, PRAYING ON THE MOUNTAIN; ask me for laborers and I shall send them, I await only a prayer, a sigh from your heart! Is not the apostolate of prayer lifted higher than the apostolate of preaching?Our mission as Carmelites is to form those gospel laborers, they will save millions of souls whose mothers we shall be.”

We read in the Vatican II Document ‘Ad Gentes’

“The Christian faithful having different gifts (Rm 12:6) according to each one opportunity ability, charism, ministry (1Cor 3:10) must all cooperate in the Gospel. Hence all alike who sow and those who reap, those who plant and those who irrigate must be One. (1 Cor 3:8) so that ‘in a free and orderly fashion cooperating towards the same end they must spend their forces harmoniously for the building up of the church.”

‘The Missionary task of the whole people of God’

“As members of the living Christ, incorporated into him and made like unto him through baptism and through confirmation and the Eucharist all the faithful are duty bound to cooperate in the expansion and spreading out of his body to bring it the fullness as soon as may be. (Eph 4;13) For this fervor in the service of God and their charity towards others will cause a new spiritual wind to blow for the whole church. (This Spiritual wind will appear as a sign lifted up among the nation the Light of the Word salt of the Earth.)

(Love the words a New Spiritual Wind. How we need this New Spiritual Wind…)

St Teresa tells us in her book ‘Interior Castle’ that in the 7th mansion Martha and Mary work together. There is no longer a tension between the active and the contemplative life. In the 7th mansion the person is always in a state of contemplation even when busy with work.

St Theresa writes “Martha and Mary must work together when they offer the Lord Lodging, and must have Him ever with them, and they must not entertain Him badly and give him nothing to eat. And how can Mary give Him anything, seated as she is at His feet, unless her sister helps her? His food consists in our bringing him souls, in every possible way, so that they may be saved and may praise Him for ever.”

Jacques Philippe in his book ‘Thirsting for Prayer’ writes “God Comes first in our lives. Human life only find its full balance and beauty when God is at its center. “Serve God first! says St. Joan of Arc. Faithfulness to prayer is what effectively ensures that we can give this central place to God is specific ways. Without faithfulness to payer, giving priority to God risks being nothing more than a good intention, or even an illusion. If we do not pray, we sill subtly but surely put our own egos at the center of our lives, instead of the living God. We will be distracted by a huge number of different desires, demands and fears. By contrast, if we do pray, even though we have to fight against the weight of our own egos and our habits of self-centeredness and selfishness, we will find that we are working in the direction of detachment from ourselves and re-centering on God that little by little gives him (or restores him to) the right place in our life.”

Mother Theresa said “My secret is simple I pray.”

Saint John Paul II said “This training in holiness calls for a Christian life distinguish above all in the art of prayer. The Jubilee Year has been a year of more intense prayer, both personal and communal. But we will know that prayer cannot be taken for granted. We have to learn to pray: as it were learning this art ever from the lips of the Divine Master himself, like the first disciples: ‘Lord, teach us to pray!’ (Lk 11:1) Prayer develops that conversation with Christ which makes us his intimate friends: ‘Abide in me and I in you’ (Jn 15:4) This reciprocity is the very substance and soul of the Christian life, and the condition of all true pastoral life. Wrought in us by the Holy Spirit, this reciprocity opens us, through Christ and in Christ, to contemplation of the Father’s face. Learning this Trinitarian shape of Christian prayer and living it fully, above all in the liturgy, the summit and source of the Church’s life, but also in personal experience, is the secret of a truly vital Christianity, which has no reason to fear the future, because it returns continually to the source and find in them new life.”

John Paul II says “The new evangelization does not consist in a ‘new Gospel’ which would always derive from ourselves, our culture, our analysis of the needs of men, Hence, it would not be ‘Gospel’ but mere human invention, and there would be no salvation in it. Nor does it consist of trimming away the Gospel everything that seems difficult for the contemporary mind-set to accept….The starting point for the new evengelization is the certainty that in Christ are ‘inscrutable riches’ (Eph 3:8)

Pope Francis stating that “we ourselves, when we don’t pray, what we’re doing is closing the door to the Lord. And not praying is this: closing the door to the Lord, so that He can do nothing.”

“On the other hand, prayer, in the face of a problem, a difficult situation, a calamity, is opening the door to the Lord so that He will come.”

This is what praying is,” he stressed, “opening the door to the Lord, so that he can do something. If we close the door, God can do nothing! Let us think on this Mary who has chosen the better part, and makes us see the way, as the door is opened to the Lord.”

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