Tuesday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time

October 10, 2023

Martha or Mary?

Daily Mass Readings for Tuesday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time

Cycle 1 is used in odd numbered years and Cycle 2 is used in even numbered years. The gospel is the same for both years. 2023 is Cycle 1. 2024 is Cycle 2.

  • First Reading (Cycle 1) – Jonah 3:1-10: “When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out.”
  • First Reading (Cycle 2) – Galatians 1:13-24: “You heard of my former way of life in Judaism, how I persecuted the Church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it, and progressed in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my race, since I was even more a zealot for my ancestral traditions.”
  • Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 1) – Psalm 130: “If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?”
  • Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 2) – Psalm 139: “Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.”
  • Gospel Luke 10:38-42: “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.”


In today’s gospel, Jesus visits Martha and Mary in Bethany. There is a great contrast between the way these two sisters respond to his presence.

We can reflect if we are more like Martha or Mary. And perhaps it is not as much about if we are more contemplative or active. Do we see the presence of the Lord as a blessing or a burden?


Lord Jesus, may I always respond to your presence with an open heart. Let me never see what I do in your service as something to complain about. Amen.

Homilies and Reflections for Tuesday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time

Full Participation for Women

From Bishop Robert Barron. “Friends, today’s Gospel is the story of Martha and Mary. I’d like to offer a fresh take on this famous little story. One of the principal marks of Jesus’ teaching and ministry is the overturning of social conventions. And one of the most striking and surprising of Jesus’ moves was a radical inclusion of women.” Continue reading.

Martha or Mary? Critical or Receptive?

From Sacred Space. “Not mindfully attentive to her tasks, Martha became critical of Jesus and Mary. I ask for the ability to be present to how God is present in me and in others.” Continue reading.

Martha or Mary, and the Attitude of Discipleship

From Bishop Robert Barron. “Although the little story of Martha and Mary has been interpreted throughout the centuries as a parable dealing with the ‘active’ and ‘contemplative’ approach to the spiritual life, it can be read as Christ’s invitation to all people to partake in his inner circle of discipleship. Christ overturned the social conventions of his time by summoning all people to discipleship. Thus, we must remove all barriers to discipleship for all people.”

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