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16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

July 17, 2016

Spirituality of the Readings

Foley, SJ

Welcoming God

In truth, Martha’s trouble was not that she was scrambling about, but that as she did so, she forgot about Jesus. She was busy constructing a meal, not making him welcome.


In Exile

Ron Rolheiser, OMI

Working Too Hard

With virtually every other addiction, we are eventually sent off to a clinic, but if we are addicted to our work, we are generally admired for our disease and praised for our selflessness...


Glancing Thoughts

Eleonore Stump

Love, Justice and Housework

Jesus is supposed to be the greatest upholder of justice. Fairness to women should be part of his concern, too, shouldn’t it? Where is the fairness to Martha in Jesus’ being an enabler of Mary’s failure to help in the kitchen?


The Perspective
of Justice

Gerald Darring

A Different Way

How much women have suffered over the centuries because of the perception of their proper role! How much they have filled up in their own flesh “what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ!”


Discussion Questions

Anne Osdieck

or Mary?

Does knowing Christianity as a religion change your attitude toward suffering for others with Christ? What might your attitude be (concerning suffering with him for others) if you know Christ as a real person?


A Poem
to Sit With

J. Janda

Jesus Speaks

they make mistakes

and I love them
I love you