Are you a Martha or a Mary?

By Greg Zambrano

Are we giving children the proper example in our behavior during Mass?

As a community, even if we don’t have children or if they are long gone, grown up and left the house, we should still consider that there are children observing your behavior.

We must be good examples and help parents raise their children Catholic, even if we never say hello.

Often times, when at Mass with my children, I notice several adults around me reading a newspaper or the bulletin during the homily.

At a Lenten talk a few years ago, a priest was saying how people are offending our Lord by receiving communion and then walking out the church. This made me reflect on the severity of leaving Mass when it is not over.

Why do people do these things? They are going out of the way to come Mass on Sunday, telling the Lord they are there, but end up offending him.

I’ve come up with an answer with two Bible verses:

Psalms 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God. I am exalted among the nations. I am exalted in the earth!”

I think by learning and obeying this verse, it would be the solution for many who can’t focus or don’t participation during Mass.

Why are people doing this is in Luke 10:38-42. I believe that if you come to Mass at 7 a.m., but can’t put the paper down to listen to the priest’s homily, you must be like Martha who is busy at work,  anxious and troubled about many things.

But, we mustn’t be this way. For Jesus is our “good portion” that will not be taken from us. Let us be still and enjoy.

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