“Lord, is it fair that my sister sits there [at your feet] while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help.”…The Lord answered, “ Martha, Martha, you are in a dither about many things! Yet only one thing is needful and Mary has chosen it….” [Luke 9: 40, 41, 42].
Poor Martha! She really takes it on the chin for being so caught up in mundane tasks. Did Jesus expect her to leave her kitchen duties and join Mary at his feet? Maybe not. How then would their many guests get fed? Can’t we go about our ordinary tasks and still maintain a loving relationship with Jesus Christ? Continue reading
All nations will be assembled before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates sheep from goats. [Matthew 25: 32] “…the mystery of Christ is this: to unite all things in him in heaven and earth.”(Ephesians 1, 9, 10)
Recently I spoke with a friend about God’s mystery, i.e. his ultimate plan to unite all things in Christ. He countered with the sheep and goats parable, implying God’s plan is to divide rather than unite. He has a point. How do we reconcile this parable that excludes people with His intention to unite all things? Continue reading
We puzzle over those well-known mysteries such as UFO’s, the Loch Ness Monster, lost Atlantis, the Bermuda Triangle, and the identity of Jack the Ripper. They are still unsolved, but there is one mystery that isn’t. St. Paul cited “the mystery of God [Gk: mysterium o Theos] 19 times in his writings, six times in Ephesians alone. But what is this secret of God? Continue reading