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Make That An A-Plus

**... it is Mary who has chosen the better part** (Luke 10:42).
Genesis 18:1-10; Psalms 15:2-5; Colossians 1:24-28; Luke 10:38-42

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Sermon Week Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 10:42


The grandmother of a sharp little girl was slightly taken aback when her granddaughter asked, "Grandma, how old are you?" Grandma replied, "Well, honey, when you're my age you don't share that information with anybody ... I will never tell anyone my age." "That's O.K.," said the little girl, "I already know. I saw your driver's license on the dresser in your bedroom. It had the color of your eyes and a lot of other things about you on it, like your date of birth. So I subtracted that year from this year and the answer was seventy-six. You're seventy-six years old." "That's right sweetheart," Grandma replied, "I am seventy-six." There was a pause, then the little girl said sadly, "I'm sorry you got an "F" in sex."1

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus is a guest in the house of two sisters -- Martha and Mary. Martha asks Jesus a question and, by His answer, Jesus compares Martha's response to His visit, with Mary's. Mary gets high marks, while Martha gets a low grade. In effect, Jesus gives Mary an "A," but Martha gets an "F."

Luke tells us that when Jesus called on the two sisters, Martha became "distracted with all the serving," while Mary "sat down at the Lord's feet and listened to Him speaking." Whereupon, Martha complained: "Lord, do You not care that my sister is leaving me to do the serving all by myself?" (Lk. 10:40). To which Jesus answered, "Martha, Martha, you worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part; it is not to be taken from her" (Lk. 10:42).

The famous mythologist, Joseph Campbell, once said in an interview, that the majority of his friends were living "waste-land" lives. "Many," he said "were just baffled, wandering in the waste-land without any sense of where the water is -- the source of what makes things green." In other words, "Baffled, and wandering in a waste-land without any sense of where to find the source of a fruitful life; where to find the [...]

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