“Now as they went on their way, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha received Him into her house.” Luke 10:38
Love is more than a feeling! We love by the way we treat people. Today we enter into the mystery of Jesus entering the home of Martha and her family. This holy event models for us love in action.
Jesus found a home where he could rest!Jesus was always taking care of others, teaching in the synagogues, preaching in the mountains and the fields, feeding the multitude and healing the sick. Martha and Mary participated in the Divine Work of Jesus by welcoming Him in their home.
Welcoming participated in the Divine Plan!
Martha’s home was a physical place, however the true home was Martha’s heart!
Can we do the same? Our homes and our hearts need not be perfect, Jesus will change our reality with His presences.
Will Jesus find a welcome place in our hearts and homes? Will we allow Him to change our lives?
(Jesus said) “Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “the one who showed mercy on him.” And Jesus said to him, ”Go and do likewise.” Luke 10: 36-37
Jesus is very demanding! He has no time for fake religious observance. In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, He tells us that we must love individuals in need. Life can be cruel! We may not be able to change that reality, but regardless of who the person who suffers, we must be Jesus to them.
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.”
Mother Teresa’s words are not “Pie in the sky” religion, rather, this is how she lived and challenges us to do the same!
The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name!” Luke 10:17
The Seventy-two disciples of Jesus were sent to prepare the way of the Lord. They had tremendous power to do this because they had the Power of The Name of Jesus! He was with them on the mission. They were not promoting themselves, that would be useless, but they carried Jesus with them and the demons were made powerless. Jesus had a vision that is so powerful:
“I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” Luke 10:18
Where the 72 went, and where they were received, evil was crushed!
We are the 72 today!
When we promote Jesus wherever we go, we carry Divine Power to change the world. We do this in our homes, in our churches, in our work places and wherever we socialize.
When we promote Jesus, when we promote Divine Love, things change for the better!
Jesus said to him, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62
Each day is a new beginning!
The Kingdom of God is a Now Thing! Our focus must be on loving those we encounter now! What we did in the past, though it has impact on our present, we must let go of because it may block the command of building the Kingdom of Love in the present moment. Jesus wants us to make His presence alive in the here and now, not our past issues!
Let go and let God!
Jesus took care of our past mistakes, this is usually what we concentrate on. Jesus brought our past to the Cross and it has been washed clean. Trust Him and let us move forward!
Jesus said to His Disciples: “I have much to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when He comes, the Spirit of Truth, He will guide you to all truth. John 16:12
Little by little we will understand more, and more.
Our limited minds cannot handle too much information all at once. We would be overwhelmed! For the first three hundred years, the followers of Jesus world suffer greatly. Imagine living in Jesus would mean so much suffering and the possibility of death. We had to experience the tremendous love of the relationship with Jesus, love of the Creator and the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit, to be willing to give our entire selves to this Living in the Divine Life. We had to realize, by experience, that this is the Way to Peace.
Persecution still exists!
The radical life of true followers of Jesus is uncompromising! It is a life not only with words, but more importantly, living the Radical Love of the Trinity! This radical living is a challenge to those comfortable with speaking words of love, but doing actions of hate.
The Spirit will guide you to the Truth! John 16:12
True followers of Jesus experience the Truth and they live like the One they follow, even to join Him on the Cross!
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” John 20:21
Today we celebrate two beautiful Biblical Feasts. We celebrate the Giving of the Torah, the center of the Jewish Faith, which means, it was central to Jesus, because Salvation came from Jesus who was Jewish and Pentecost, the Coming of the Holy Spirit in Power!
We are celebrating our Scriptures that gives us roots and the Coming of the Spirit of God in power, so that we can be Jesus’ instruments transforming the World with Peace! Today we celebrate our creation as the Church!
Happy Birthday Church!
This celebration comes with a challenge, live the Torah, live Jesus, and bring Peace to the World in concrete ways, and in all of our actions.
“And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your Name, which You has given Me, that they may be one, even as We are one.” John 17:11
We are connected to the Divine Light! Jesus became one of us, so that we would be one with Him!
Though the world seems to remain in the darkness of death and other actions of evil. It is so easy to just accept the darkness and even participate in it. But we do have a better way:
When we radiate light in actions of peace and love, though it may seem useless, the reality is that we change ourselves and help others to become instruments of light.
The Copycat Effect!
Evil has it copycats, may we encourage, by our actions, copycats of the power of love and peace.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:17-27
Will our world ever return to how it use to be? The Pandemic of COVID-19 seems to be becoming much less of an issue. But other things still seem disturbing.
How do we find peace in the craziness of living today?
Jesus is the answer!
When we turn to Him, when we bring our total selves to Him, when we put our trust in Him, we can find the peace beyond understanding. It is a Divine Peace, a Peace that is not based on worldly things, a Peace brings calm to us.
May we bathe in this Peace, no matter what we are going through!