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25 Mountainview Street
Voorheesville, New York 12186
Phone (518) 765-2805
Fax (518) 765-3701

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Pastor's weekly message

Poor Martha! Jesus goes to the house of Mary and Martha for a visit. Mary sits beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak while Martha is burdened with much serving. So Martha asks Jesus to tell Mary to help. But instead Jesus seems to berate Martha by saying Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her. Is there a Bible story more frustrating to women (and men) who are responsible for serving meals and keeping a home than a guest who tells them that their work is not all that important? But is that really what Jesus is saying?

If you are like me, the many cares and concerns of our everyday lives often can overwhelm and even sometimes depress us. How can I ever get all this done? I'll never have enough time today to do all that is on my list? Why did I ever agree to do that? How will I find the time to prepare a meal, clean the house, walk the dog, get the groceries, call the doctor, visit my friend, pick up the kids, visit Mom,... Life can easily and often does overwhelm us with its many tasks. What Jesus is really telling Martha is that she too, like Mary, can let it go. Relax in the presence of the Lord. Sure, the tasks need to get done, a meal prepared, a house cleaned, projects attended to, but the most important task is our own peace of mind in the midst of it all. If we let life's tasks constantly overwhelm us we will miss all the ways the Lord wants to speak and be present to us. Jesus is not berating Martha, he is begging her to slow down, listen, relax in his presence. He is asking each of us to do the same even in the midst of our all to busy lives.

If we add moments of simply sitting beside the Lord at his feet listening to him, like Mary, then perhaps we will, like Abraham did in our first reading for this Sunday, recognize in our visitors and in all those who enter our lives each day in great and small ways, the presence of angels and the voice of God. This week let us promise each other to try and be less pressured by all that we need to do and find just a few more moments to listen and relax in the presence of the Lord.

Fr. Chris

Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil at 5:00 PM
Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30 AM
Tues, Wed, and Fri at 8:30 AM
Rosary and Novena
Monday at 6:30 PM
(September through May)
Reconciliation
Saturday at 4:00 PM
(or by appointment)
Office Hours
Monday - Friday 9 AM to 3 PM