Pope Francis, during his final Angelus before departing for Rio to join Catholic youth for World Youth Day, asked the faithful to accompany him spiritually in prayer for the first Apostolic visit of his pontificate. He said that he entrusted “this new stage of the great pilgrimage of young people across the world” to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary who is so loved and venerated in Brazil. He then urged young people to “listen to the voice of Jesus”.
In reflecting on the Gospel and the story of Jesus and the two sisters, Mary and Martha, he said that both sisters, though offering hospitality in different ways, offered something that is needed to serve the Lord. He suggests we need to both serve the Lord and pray to Him. He said “they are not two opposing attitudes but, on the contrary both are two aspects essential to our Christian life aspects that should never be separated, but lived in profound unity and harmony.”
Here is the full text of Sunday’s Gospel:
Jesus came to a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking. Now Martha who was distracted with all the serving said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister is leaving me to do the serving all by myself? Please tell her to help me.’ But the Lord answered: ‘Martha, Martha,’ he said ‘you worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part; it is not to be taken from her.’