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How many will be saved?
Some Christians have believed for a long time that they are a chosen people, and as such only they will be saved; that there is no salvation outside the church.
Mary, the First Disciple
“As Jesus was speaking, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said, ‘Happy the womb that bore you and the breasts you sucked!’ But he replied, ‘Still happier those who hear the word of God and keep it!’” (Luke 11:27-28)
This weekend’s readings remind us that, as people of faith, we should not allow ourselves to become too preoccupied with the business and pleasures of this world. Spiritual matters should always take first priority.
Few things are needed
It’s easy for us to understand Martha’s annoyance with her sister. She wants everything to be perfect for Jesus’ visit to their home. She is run ragged, getting the meal prepared and on the table. Meanwhile, Mary seems to be contributing nothing – just sitting at the Lord’s feet and listening.