The main figures in Tuesday’s Gospel—Mary and Martha—teach us how the Christian life must be lived: in love with the Lord. That is Pope Francis’ message in the homily at the daily Mass at Casa Santa Marta, as he invites us to reflect both on the way we work and on the time we dedicate to contemplation.
In order not to go astray in our life as Christians, the key is to be “in love” with the Lord, and to be inspired by Him in our actions. This was the case with St Paul the Apostle, who describes the Christian life in the reading from the Letter to the Galatians. There must be a balance between “contemplation and service,” two qualities which are illustrated in the day’s Gospel from St Luke, which is centred on the figures of Martha and Mary, the sisters of Lazarus of Bethania, who welcomed Jesus into their home as a guest.