Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Luke 10:38-42 -- Contemplative Prayer and Service to Others

"Understand this well: there is something holy, something divine, hidden in the most ordinary situations, and it is up to each of you to discover it [...]. There is no other way. Either we learn to find our Lord in ordinary, everyday life, or else we shall never find Him. That is why I can tell you that our age needs to give back to matter and to the most trivial occurrences and situations their noble and original meaning. It needs to restore them to the service of the Kingdom of God, to spiritualize them, turning them into a means and an occasion for a continuous meeting with Jesus Christ" (St. J. Escriva, "Conversations," 114).
* qtd. in The Navarre Bible New Testament

Let us take what both Martha and Mary did for Jesus and combine them into something beautiful that glorifies God. Make everything we do as service to others a prayer for the love of Christ. Gospel-focused action and contemplation for the love of God go hand-in-hand.