July 17
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gifted Martha

Gn 18:1-10a / Ps 15:2-3, 3-4, 5 / Col 1:24-28 / Lk 10:38-42

Imagine Jesus and Martha from today’s Gospel speaking with one another, “Martha, Martha, have you not read how when Abraham was approached by three strangers, he dropped everything he was doing, and prepared a feast?”  “Yes my Lord, I know the story well.”  “Martha, Abraham didn’t take it on himself to do all the work himself, he delegated, and invited others into his mission.  He surely would have depleted himself, and his effort to make the strangers welcome would have been a different experience altogether.”  Abraham needed help, so he went and got help.  Martha needed help, but demanded our Lord to tell Mary to help.  Just like Abraham and Martha, we all need help.  We have all been given different gifts through the power of the Holy Spirit to help in our own, capable way.  Our Diocese is providing a great opportunity to discover your gifts that can be put in the service of others through Called and Gifted.  Do you want to discover how the Holy Spirit wants to work through you?  Visit www.catholicdioceseofwichita.org/stewardship/called-and-gifted to learn more.  If you have difficulties—ask for help!