Mgr Gerard’s Reflection – 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Do we ever make space in our lives for people who could do with a listening ear, especially if they catch us on the hop and we are not expecting them? Loving someone is just not helping someone in a time of crisis like the Good Samaritan in last Sunday’s Gospel but also about making them and space for them on a more mundane level and especially if it is inconvenient to us.

But before this happens it is important to make time and space for God in our busy lives. Martha and Mary were equally loved by Jesus. The Gospel tells us that Mary sat down at the Lord’s feet to listen to his words. Jesus gently reminds Martha that Mary had chosen the better part on this occasion and it would be a shame to take it from her.

Blaise Pascale, the renowned 17th century philosopher and mathematician, wrote that “all of humanities problems stem from the inability to sit quietly in a room alone”. If that was true of the 17th century how much more relevant is it for us today? We need to make uninterrupted time and space for God if we are ever going to give quality time to others.