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Several years ago, I preached a homily on the importance of taking our self-image from who we are rather than from what we do. The Gospel passage for that Sunday was the famous incident where Mary sits at Jesus' feet, seemingly doing nothing, while Martha is consumed with the practical business of doing things. Jesus, as we know, tells us that Mary "has chosen the better part." This has long been a favoured passage for anyone trying to make the point that being is more important than doing, that our value lies in who we are and not in what we do, and that spiritual maturity lies in appropriating this important truth.
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In a recent novel, Love, Again, Doris Lessing, with her usual genius, paints a picture of the soul of a late middle-aged woman, Sarah Durham, as she, Sarah, spends a summer painfully infatuated with a man young enough to be her grandson. The love is hopeless, of course, and it brings Sarah nothing but heartache and restlessness. And it is surprising too for she is the epitome of maturity and common sense and has, for more than 20 years since the death of her husband, felt herself beyond the tears that come with these kinds of falling in love.
There is a story about St. Christopher, probably more legend than truth, which runs this way: As a youth, Christopher was gifted in every way, except faith. He was a big man physically, powerful, strong, good-hearted, mellow and well-liked by all. He was also generous, using his physical strength to help others.