Father Robert DeCesare, LC
Luke 10: 38-42
a village where a woman whose name was Martha
welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat
beside the Lord at his feet listening to him
speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him
and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister
has left me by myself to do the serving?
Tell her to help me." The Lord said to her
in reply, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried
about many things. There is need of only one
thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will
not be taken from her."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I
believe that you are my God and my all.
You created me, and you made me to be happy
with you. Lord, I hope in you, because I
trust that you will not lead me astray. I love
you, Lord, because you are the way, the truth,
and the life. No one comes to the Father,
except through you, Lord, and I love you for being
the mediator before the Father.
Petition: Lord, be the
center, standard, and example of my life.
1. “You Are
Anxious About Many Things” - It seems that things
are moving faster all the time and that more and
more things vie for my time. I serve as
a chauffeur for the household, I spend a large part
of my time accompanying the children for extracurricular activities,
and people left and right want to talk to
me. There is so much going on. Our culture
almost demands that I do all these things. What is
more, it seems at times like no one understands
my dilemma. I am trying to do what is right,
I am trying to be responsible, and it seems
like no one else is. I identify myself with
Martha, Lord, in a world which is so active and
at times seems to fly by. Help me to
make the right choices and to fulfill your will.
Is Need of Only One Thing” - Love Christ.
Live for him. As life progresses and eternity draws near,
only the love of Christ remains. Everything else turns
into smoke, mist, nothing. Christ´s love is the treasure
for which I should sell everything else, even egotism, pride
and vanity. Lord, you are all I need. What
else will matter when I finish my life? Who
else can fill my soul with satisfaction and peace? Who
else brings meaning to my life but you? Remind
me of this, because many times it is so easy
for me to lose my focus and direction in
the world. It seems so easy for me to
put other things first.
3. “Choose the Better Part” - Lord,
your words to Martha strike a chord in my
heart. I can let the noise and distractions around
me nick at my heart and misdirect me, but all
that will do is bring about more confusion and
uneasiness. However, if I choose you, what great confidence
it will bring me to know that you will not
be taken from me. Everyone wants to be happy.
Everyone wants to be fulfilled. Why should I fool
myself looking for happiness in the things of this world
when you supply it, Lord? Why should I settle
for something less than the better part which you
want to give me? Shouldn’t I be excited to be
able to sit at your feet and spend time
with you when you want to teach me what it
means to be the best I can be; to
Conversation with Christ: Lord, give me
the confidence of knowing that you are all I
need. I do not want to distract myself with
anything else. I want to sit at your feet. I
want to listen to what you want to tell
me. I want very much to learn from you.
Resolution: After Mass I will make a visit
to Christ in thanksgiving for having received him in
the Eucharist, and I will take a moment to
listen to what he has to tell me.