Anxious and Worried About Many Things: Homily for July 21, 2019, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Deacon's Bench | 7/21/2019 | Staff
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If you’re feeling tired this Sunday morning, it may be for other reasons besides the heat.

According to a recent survey, the average American works 47 hours a week.

Starters

But that’s just for starters.

Eleven percent of those surveyed worked 41-49 hours, 21 percent put in 50-59 hours every week, and a whole 18 percent work 60 or more hours. That means that almost exactly 50 percent of full time workers log more than 40 hours every week.

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On top of all that, there’s soccer practice, cub scouts, the school play, the PTA, the project in your brief case that you have to get done for work the next morning, the toilet that’s broken, homework to correct, bills to pay, dinner to cook, and the dog to walk.

Little wonder that according to one poll 83 percent of Americans want more time to spend with their families – and even more want more time just to spend with themselves.

Sunday - Middle - Kind - Frenzy - Frenzy

And so this Sunday, in the middle of that kind of frenzy — a frenzy that probably had its own variations in first century Palestine — we hear Jesus say to Martha those words we all can relate to: “You are anxious and worried about many things.”

Yes. We are. Maybe this week, you were also anxious about the air conditioning, or subway closings, or the standoff with Iran, or the crisis at our border, or whatever the President has decided to send out in a Tweet at four in the morning. These days, we find ourselves anxious about things Martha never dreamed of.

Directions - Way - Gospel - Today - Clue

We’re pulled in so many directions, how do we know which way to go? The Gospel today gives us a clue.

To understand the story of Martha and Mary, I think, it helps to put it in context. Just before this, as we heard last weekend,...
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