Weekly Devotion – July 18th

In Sunday’s first reading, God visits Abraham and Sarah and blesses them with the promise of a child. And in the Gospel reading, Luke gives us the account of Jesus visiting his friends, Martha and Mary, and giving them a lesson in what is truly essential in their relationship.

Take a look at the varied responses when the people of Sunday’s readings encounter God. Abraham was seated when he saw three men before his house. He gets up offer his hospitality–bowing, running around, and finally standing by them as God takes the center stage and dines at his house. Martha runs around worried about many things while Mary is seated at the feet of Jesus. When God walks into our lives, how do we respond to him?

We pray together: St. Jude, help me to receive Jesus with an open heart, ready to listen to His words.