Today is the Feast of St. Martha. It is also two days away from the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola. As such, I thought it would be helpful tie these two themes together. Lacking the originality and talent to do so myself, I will reblog a wonderful post from Claire Bangasser.
Claire is a self-described cosmic pilgrim (as Claire would accurately say, we all are) who is a visionary writer and traveler, not to mention a deeply spiritual person. I strongly recommend following Claire’s blogs, the current one “A Seat at the Table” which Michael Leach named one of the Top 5 Catholic blogs at the Loyola Press blog.
Claire had literally followed the paths of St. Ignatius in her travels and her figuratively in her writings as they are deeply imbued with Ignatian Spirituality. A prime example is the blog above she imagines a conversation with Martha and Mary after the resurrection of Christ.
Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary… Lk 10:38-42
I guessed that it was Martha and Mary’s turn at mass this weekend when earlier this week I received Suzanne Guthrie’s link‘The Bread of Anxiety‘ in my inbox and noticed Phil Ewing’s ‘Jesus with Martha and Mary’ on my Google Reader. I did let out a heavy sigh, I must admit. What more can I find to say about this story with which I have had a love-hate relationship for as long as I can remember?
I forgot about tomorrow’s Gospel until last night when I woke up and started thinking about it. Luke’s Martha and Mary story is one of the reasons I wish I could have been a deacon to talk of Godde’s things as only a woman can. This deacon idea crossed my mind while…
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