16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C Sermon and Homily

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 108
Reading 1 GN 18:1-10A
Reading 2 COL 1:24-28
Gospel LK 10:38-42

The LORD appeared to Abraham by the terebinth of Mamre,
as he sat in the entrance of his tent,
while the day was growing hot…….

Full Readings Here

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.Helen Keller “

Sermon Notes

Today we have a unique and beautiful incident that has happened in the life of Mary and Martha. This incident is a spiritual incident where one can become Mary or Martha. How do you want to be? Do you want to be Mary or Martha? What does the Lord want you to be? To be like Mary or Martha?

1. What are the images in this incident? what is the background for this incident?

Jesus, Mary and Martha
Background: Jesus visits the house of Mary and Martha
How are you Going to apply this incident in your life?
Jesus wants to visit to your home, that is your inner heart.
In your inner self you have two parts Mary and Martha.

If your name is John, imagine that today Jesus wants to visit your home and your inner life too.

When Jesus comes to your inner life, your inner life will react like Mary or Martha.

2. Mary; how does she react to Jesus when he enters her home?

Mary was so happy to welcome Jesus in her home. It seems that Mary has been waiting for a long time to meet Jesus. When Jesus arrived at home she has welcome him with love and happiness.
Mary was so spiritual than worldly. Mary needed spirituality to nourish her daily life. Mary was searching for something which is not in this world. Mary wanted to listen to the divine voice before she acts. Mary knows something of the nature of the divine side of God.
Within yourself you have Mary and Martha.

Mary so spiritual
Martha so worldly.

If you are like Mary, Jesus really likes you. If Jesus likes you then you are more spiritual. You are the man of prayer in which you sit and listen to God. You are not worrying about the worldly things rather you look forward spiritual matters only. The Lord wants you to sit and listen to him in prayer.

3. Martha; How does Martha react when Jesus enters her Home
She was so worldly and so Negative and so presume

It is as exactly as in your life. Martha was so busy to serve Jesus. The way Martha thought is nothing wrong. But Martha accepted Jesus in human level. Jesus was not hungry for meal. He was so hungry to share his life with someone. Jesus was waiting for someone who can sit and listen to him.

Martha presumed that Jesus was hungry for food. At the same time Martha did not discern to the will of God through Prayer. She thought she could satisfy the Lord with world material things, but the Lord was not interested in material things. He was waiting for the hearts of the people.

4. What is needed in the life of Martha to be Mary

a) leave worldly matters.
b) Leave negativeness
c) discernment in prayer and not justify in prayer

Worldly things Bible Verses

1 John 2:15-17 – Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

James 4:4 – Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Colossians 3:2 – Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
2 Corinthians 4:18 – While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen [are] temporal; but the things which are not seen [are] eternal.

Romans 12:2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Heavenly Things Bible Verses

John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
Matthew 18:10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.
Revelation 21:4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
1 Kings 8:30 And listen to the plea of your servant and of your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. And listen in heaven your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive
Philippians 3:20-21 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

Inspirational Story

After years of searching, the seeker was told to go to a cave, in which he would find a well. ‘Ask the well what is truth’, he was advised, ‘and the well will reveal it to you’. Having found the well, the seeker asked that most fundamental question. And from the depths came the answer, ‘Go to the village crossroad: there you shall find what you are seeking’.

Full of hope and anticipation the man ran to the crossroad to find only three rather uninteresting shops. One shop was selling pieces of metal, another sold wood, and thin wires were for sale in the third. Nothing and no one there seemed to have much to do with the revelation of truth.

Disappointed, the seeker returned to the well to demand an explanation, but he was told only, ‘You will understand in the future.’ When the man protested, all he got in return were the echoes of his own shouts. Indignant for having been made a fool of – or so he thought at the time – the seeker continued his wanderings in search of truth. As years went by, the memory of his experience at the well gradually faded until one night, while he was walking in the moonlight, the sound of sitar music caught his attention. It was wonderful music and it was played with great mastery and inspiration.

Profoundly moved, the truth seeker felt drawn towards the player. He looked at the fingers dancing over the strings. He became aware of the sitar itself. And then suddenly he exploded in a cry of joyous recognition: the sitar was made out of wires and pieces of metal and wood just like those he had once seen in the three stores and had thought it to be without any particular significance.

At last he understood the message of the well: we have already been given everything we need: our task is to assemble and use it in the appropriate way. Nothing is meaningful so long as we perceive only separate fragments. But as soon as the fragments come together into a synthesis, a new entity emerges, whose nature we could not have foreseen by considering the fragments alone.

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