Thought of the Day July 29, 2016

By 9:54 AM

The witnesses of Martha and Mary reflect the two aspects of our spiritual journey: service through activity and service through contemplation. We are called to serve the Lord by our service in love for others. At the same time we are called to serve the Lord directly by focusing our total attention on him. Jesus summed the two up when he quoted the great Schema, which he reflected and lived in his own life. "You shall love the Lord your God with all your mind, all your soul, all your heart and all your strength. You shall love your neighbor as you love yourself." The first commandment is service of God directly through contemplation, focusing with all of your energy solely on the Lord. The second commandment is service of others directly out of love of God. Though most can more easily relate to Martha, we need to develop the Mary part of us as well.

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