Jesus is the ultimate example of humility — incarnate, reliant on Mary and Joseph as an infant and child, handing himself over to be crucified, and now allowing himself to be consumed by the faithful daily, in the guise of bread and wine in the Eucharist.
What is it that you desire most? This is a powerful question that must be asked and answered if we want to avoid a haphazard, disjointed, and chaotic life. It also must be asked and answered if we claim to be a person of faith who is committed to living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In today’s gospel reading, Jesus gives us an important example as to how we are to exercise our faith. As believers, we have an active expectation that Jesus will come again. This is the important difference between those who believe and those who do not.
Jesus says, “one’s life does not consist of possessions,” I still struggle with this … perhaps, I’m not the only one. I want the joy and freedom of a saint like St. Francis of Assisi, but I am slow to embrace the voluntary poverty through which that joy and freedom flourished.
Do we, like Martha of Bethany, approach Jesus frenzied, anxious, and worried about many things — work, home, or family? Do we miss out on the one thing needed and forfeit the better part? Especially during Mass, when we encounter the Real Presence of Christ?
The disciples’ journey and their announcement of the coming of the Kingdom — and of the King himself — was the action. But beneath the surface, within the hearts and souls of those early evangelizers was their faith in and relationship with Jesus and with one another.
There is something immensely intimidating about mysteries of faith. Broaching a subject like the Holy Trinity without falling into heresy is as easy as walking across a just-mopped floor. For a long time, it meant that I avoided reflecting too deeply within myself on the mystery of the Trinity.