Weekly Homily from Fr Jim Hogan, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 17, 2016

By Fr Jim Hogan                                July 14, 2016

In May of this year I had the opportunity to travel extensively in the North African country of Morocco.  It was an amazing trip in an exotic, Islamic country.  Our group had the opportunity to visit four families in their homes and an additional three Bedouin families in their tents. In each visit we were warmly welcomed.  One of those visits really impressed me.  In the Sahara Desert we visited Omar, his wife and three small children. Their life style is very simple.  As in the other visits, Omar’s wife immediately prepared and served us mint tea.  Conversations were informative and often sprinkled with laughter.
I was thinking of those experiences as I studied today’s text from Luke’s gospel. Luke is the only Gospel writer to preserve this story of Martha and Mary. From Luke’s description it appears this was the first time Jesus met the sisters.  In a totally different context John informs us they were the sisters of Lazarus.
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