"We Are Reminded of the Need to Rest From Our Daily Labors"
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, JULY 18, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today before praying the midday Angelus together with those gathered in the courtyard of the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
We are already in the heart of the summer, at least in the northern hemisphere. This is the time in which the schools are closed and in which most vacations are concentrated. Even the pastoral activities of the parishes are reduced, and I myself have suspended audiences for a period. It is therefore a favorable moment to give first place to what is effectively the most important thing in life, that is to say, listening to the Word of God. This Sunday’s Gospel always reminds us of this with the celebrated episode of Jesus’ visit to the house of Martha and Mary narrated by St. Luke (10:38-42).