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Sunday Scripture Readings, July 21, 2013

By Jeff Hensley
Catholic News Service

July 21, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cycle C. Readings:

1) Genesis 18:1-10a

Psalm 15:2-5

2) Colossians 1:24-28

Gospel: Luke 10:38-42

How can we know we're doing the will of God? Scriptures like the ones from Genesis and Luke in today's readings don't seem to get us any closer to an answer. Abraham is doing exactly the right thing (the will of God) in preparing and serving a feast for the three strangers.

Yet in Luke, Martha is faulted for taking care of the duties of hospitality while her sister Mary sits at Jesus' feet and simply listens to him.

We can know that a lot of things are part of doing God's will: Following the commandments, taking care of our loved ones and standing up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. But that still leaves a huge portion of life's decisions a great deal less clear-cut.

However, sometimes God drops a bread crumb or two to show us we're on the right track.

One morning during my first year as editor of the North Texas Catholic, I had to drive to Dallas to take care of some business for the paper. As I neared Arlington, waves of sleepiness overwhelmed me, making it necessary to exit the interstate highway to get a cup of coffee in order to continue my trip, something I'd never before had to do in my life. This was 1988, before there were Starbucks nearly everywhere, so I headed for one of Arlington's only large hotels.

Once I entered the lobby, I discovered I'd wandered into the Texas Press Association state convention. Curious, I followed a long curving stairway up to where the winning entries in their journalistic competitions were displayed, and perused the best of the state's newspapers' design, headline writing, feature writing and so on.

Then I headed down to the coffee shop for my shot of caffeine. While sitting there, I overheard, in a conversation at the next table, the best advice I've ever received on obtaining better quality printing for one's newspaper.

I don't know any way to avoid this sounding a bit self-serving, but I've always believed that little incident was evidence I was probably doing the will of God. But more important than that, I've always taken it as evidence that in all circumstances the God who loves us and is himself love is faithful to us when we seek to do his will.


Have you (or someone you loved) ever needed evidence that you were doing what God wanted you to be doing with your life?


"Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her." -- Luke 10:41b-42


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