July 19, 2010.
In his second Angelus address from Castel Gandolfo, the pope addressed pilgrims on the importance of prayer during their vacations.
Benedict XVI referred to the summer as a time when most are on holiday, including himself. He has suspended his audiences for a period.
He said summer holiday is a “favorable moment” to put first what is most important in life: listening to the Word of God.
He recalled when Jesus visited the house of two sisters, Martha and Mary. Upon Jesus' arrival Mary sat down at his feet and listened to him while Martha was busy with household tasks.
Martha was upset that Mary did not help her. But Jesus said it was Mary who chose the “better part.”
“In today’s Gospel we are reminded of the need to rest from our daily labours, so that we may give time to the one thing that is truly necessary in our lives – listening to the word of God in attentive stillness.”
The pope explained that everything will pass but the Word of God is eternal and gives meaning to our daily activities.
He said humans must work in domestic and professional activities, but need God because without love activities lose their value and give no joy.