Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
(Galatians 1:13-24; Luke 10:38-42)
As much as some people look for God, often enough it is God who finds them. Both readings today testify to God making a call on people. In the first reading St. Paul tells the Galatians how he was persecuting Christians when Christ paid him a visit. The account of Christ’s appearance is the most authentic available. It is the personal testimony of someone who saw the risen Lord. Unfortunately, Paul does not elaborate beyond saying that Jesus was revealed to him so that he might proclaim him to the Gentiles.
In the gospel Jesus stops at Martha and Mary’s house for a visit. They are evidently his friends as Martha does not mind complaining to him. Indeed, they seem to be such good friends that Jesus can correct Martha’s attitude without ingratiating himself first. Meanwhile, Mary knows that when the Lord comes, people should drop everything to listen. No matter that dinner is on the stove or that the dryer buzzer has just rung. He deserves complete attention.
Jesus comes to us especially in the Eucharist. But he also arrives throughout the day at unexpected moments. He may say something important to us through the friendly mail deliverer. Or perhaps when we face a setback, he will speak to us if we offer a prayer instead of a curse. He is always around and will make himself apparent if we open ourselves to him.