Our Lady of the Rosary

Luke 10: 38-42
Gal 1: 13-24 / Ps 139: 1-3, 13-15

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.
(Luke 10:41-42)

To know God’s Will’s our lifelong goal,
By daily reading of His Word.
It frees our mind, eases our soul,
Listening at the feet of the Lord.

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, they came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “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.” (Luke 10: 38-42)

Reflection

Martha complained to Jesus to send Mary to help her because of the burden of preparing food for so many visitors. But the Lord admonished her instead, that Mary had chosen the more important option which Martha had ignored. And we remember the Master’s words: “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)

There are many events happening in the world today that give us enough reason to be very worried and anxious. Just look at the big picture: political conflicts worldwide have hardly abated, and in fact have given rise to more incidents of terrorism. The world’s economic landscape is even bleaker, as global recession is now evident in almost all industrialized countries. The biggest indicator is the steep drop in the price of oil, which, just a few months back had peaked at $147 per barrel, but now has fallen to $90 for lack of demand. But that doesn’t give us any reason to feel optimistic. Thousands of banks and insurance companies have gone bankrupt; credit (which fuels business) has virtually disappeared, and job cuts due to business slowdown have rendered millions unemployed. Mortgaged houses have been foreclosed in record numbers, and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel for the housing and construction industry. In the national scene, the situation is even darker. Our government has lost credibility because of corruption, and the insurgency is once again gaining ground, aggravating the braindrain and poorer standard of education in our country.

So, are we to worry and be anxious about the quality of life in our country today? No. Because worrying and being anxious about our problems will never solve them, and will only aggravate the situation by putting us under stress, leading to stroke, heart disease or cancer. What we need to do is maintain a balanced attitude by praying to God for guidance and discernment, fully trusting that He will see us through all these trials. Today we celebrate the feast of our Lady of the Rosary. Let us pray her rosary and ask her to intercede for us to be able to weather through these present crises.

Let us also “Listen at Jesus’ feet” by reading the Bible often, and receive the sense of peace and confidence that only He can give. We need to work harder and more efficiently, and with faith in God’s guidance, we are confident that we will be successful.

Trusting in Your mercy, Father, I shall work to succeed without fear or anxiety. Amen.

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