Scripture: 1st Reading: Ex24,3-8; Resp. Psalm: Ps50,1-2,5-6,14-15; Gosp. Accl.: James1,21; Gospel: Mt13,24-30
The law of Yahweh made His will known to His chosen people. It regulated their relationship with Him and clarified the nature of the relationship that should exist between them. Moses read the content of the law of Yahweh to the people and the people responded that they would obey the injunctions contained in the Law.
The law then became the basis of the covenant with Yahweh. It became also the sign and the regulatory framework. The law and obedience to its prescriptions became the mode of identifying who was a true worshipper and adored of Yahweh, the God of Israel.
The people on this day promised to obey Yahweh and observe the law faithfully. Moses then sacrificed to Yahweh and threw half of the blood of the animals on the altar and half on the people as a sign of the new covenantal relationship they were entering into with Yahweh.
At our baptism, we became partakers in the mystery of the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Christ. We died to Christ in order to live in Him. We died to the world. This is a great privilege that we must guard jealously because as pointed out in our Lord's parable today, the enemy of our salvation does not rest.
The enemy, that is satan, struggles daily to plant weeds among the good seed planted by God. The devil preoccupies himself with leading us astray to make us fall and become enemies of God just as he is. If the enemy succeeds in planting weeds in our hearts thus making us disobey the commands of God, we must as a matter of urgency fall on our knees, recognize our faults, experience a great sorrow for what had happened to us, seek for God's forgiveness in the sacrament of reconciliation.
We must never allow the weed of sin to grow in our souls until the harvest time, that is, until the end of our lives. The time to uproot them is now! St. Martha, whose memorial we celebrate today, strove all her entire life to love Jesus. She never allowed the weeds of sins to germinate in her soul.
She was an uncommon disciple of our Lord, the one who took care of His needs whenever He passed by her house in Bethany. She was the one who gave the highest expression of faith in our Lord when she declared that she believed that He was the Christ, the Son of God, He who was coming into the world. Martha was also a faithful observant of the law of Yahweh all the days of her life.
We are challenged today to live by the law of God. We are called to meditate on the word and make it the rule of our lives. May the Lord assist us to do this.
Let us pray: "Almighty ever-living God, whose Son was pleased to be welcomed in Saint Martha's house as a guest, grant, we pray, that, through her intercession, serving Christ faithfully in our brothers and sisters we may merit to behold received by you in the halls of heaven." Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.