16th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C, 17th July 2016

The just will live in the presence of the Lord

Today’s readings, with their theme of hospitality, may help me to be still and welcome the Lord into my life as I prepare to pray.  They may also teach me something of how to be present to others, whoever they may be.

In the First Reading, Abraham gives a perfect example of Bedouin hospitality and meets God in his three mysterious visitors.

It is another aspect of attentive, listening hospitality that we see in the story of Martha and Mary in the Gospel.

Psalm 14 invites us all to accept God’s invitation to dwell in his house by living in truth and justice.

St Paul, in his letter to the Colossians, (Second Reading) is happy to suffer for the sake of the Church and to spread the message of Christ.

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