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July 29 Feast of St. Martha

Today’s Mass Readings

July 29 Feast of St. Martha

Luke 10:38-42.

When speaking to Martha, we hear from Jesus own mouth how important it is that we spend time with him. Let us thank God for this moment with him now.

It wouldn’t take much for any of us to sympathize with Martha.

She has a grievance that seems very reasonable.

She is sweating over pots and pans
and a sink filled with dirty dishes
while Mary is at the feet of Jesus listening to him.

I’m sure we can all think of someone
who isn’t pulling their load or doing their share.


The stress is getting to her.

We can see ourselves in Martha
as she can’t help but blurt out,
Jesus, tell Mary to get in here and give me a hand.

“Surely you can see that I need some help.”


I like that Martha took her grievance to Jesus
and spoke honestly with him about her difficulty.

She didn’t just stew about it.

But Jesus seems to reproach her for doing this.

And there are two reasons why he addresses her and her anxiety.


First of all her focus was on herself and not Jesus.

Perhaps she was trying to impress him,
and he wasn’t taking notice.

When we don’t focus on Jesus
and do our work out of love for him,
our busyness can become a burden
that causes stress and even anxiety.


Martha’s complaint accused Mary
and accused even Jesus of not helping her.

Martha is probably thinking,
“Surely when Jesus says something,
Mary will get moving.”

Her work became more important than Jesus
and showing him the hospitality of her heart.


If Martha took 5 or 10 minutes
and just let the pans soak in the sink,
she could have sat down next to her sister
and listened to Jesus.

Being with Jesus and taking the time to listen to him
will always give us the energy and the grace we need
to serve him with love in our brothers and sisters.

It takes 5 or 10 minutes to sit with Jesus
and show him hospitality in our hearts first.

Then with his love and energy,
we can welcome anyone in need
into that same heart
where he will minister to them through us.

Thank you, Martha, for listening to Jesus
and helping us to listen to him too.

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

Comments (2)

  1. Father Rick, our great grandson had a CT scan yesterday and spots showed up in his lung…along with the testicular cancer. He has had radiation and on chemo. Tallon is six years old. I think I posted shortly after his diagnosis, but this is an update. Feeling so sorry for him and needing God’s help. This page popped up out of nowhere. He has weekly chemo now til April and surgery scheduled for Aug 4th at Murie Children’s in Chicago to place his healthy testicle back in his scrotum. They took it out before radiation and placed it in a pocket on his leg to keep it healthy. We need a miracle. I have felt the desert for the last few weeks and I am reaching out to you for help. Thank you and send our love.

    1. Thank you, Alice, for letting me know about Tallon. Just checking in and seeing how he is doing. How did the surgery go on the 4th of August? How terrible for such a child to have to experience such an illness. May Mother Mary keep him close to her Son’s healing Sacred Heart. My love to you and Will. Fr. Rick

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