‘ Mary sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking.’ – Lk 10.39

On 9th March, 2013, Cardinal Bergoglio, the man who, four days later, would become the next Pope, addressed the gathered conclave. His handwritten notes read:

“Thinking of the next Pope: a man who, through the contemplation of Jesus Christ and the adoration of Jesus Christ, may help the Church to go out from itself toward the existential peripheries…”

Pope Francis has embodied this call for the Church to go out and to rediscover her missionary identity. An identity that is grounded in a transformative encounter with Jesus. And Pope Francis has been most insistent that he wants local communities to do the same:

“I want people to go out! I want the Church to go out to the street! …The parishes, the schools, the institutions, exist to go out!” [Address at World Youth Day 2013]

Perhaps Pope Francis may be our model for living today’s gospel. Like Mary, we are nourished by a personal encounter with Jesus. And this relationship moves us to action, to do something.

Just like Martha.

{Source: Divine Renovation, Fr James Mallon}