Hospitality is great, it can bring blessings upon you, as it did in the life of Abraham and Sarah in our first reading. Martha and Mary were very hospitable as they invited Jesus to dine with them. Martha complained because she had to do all the serving while Mary sat at his feet and listened to him. Jesus used this occasion to teach them about
the importance of sitting at his feet and listening to his Word.
In our day-to-day life, prayer and work should not be looked at as opposites but as complimentary. Just as prayer should lead to action under God’s inspiration, work should bring us back to prayer. As much as we need to work, we also need to pray, to be alone with God, in order to make our life meaningful and grace-filled.
Do we make an effort to find time to pray in the midst of our busy work? Amidst our hectic preoccupation with making a living, let us not overlook this one essential element of prayer, to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to him. This would help make our work not only meaningful but also pleasing before God.
Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS