Martha, Mary, Jesus and Me

Today's readings are about Martha, Mary, Jesus and me.

"Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home.  She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the the Lord's feet and listened to what he was saying.  But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself?  Tell her then to help me."  But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing.  Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her."  Luke 10:38-42 (Catholic Women's Devotional Bible NRSV)

I never realized how much was in those four little verses.  At first glance it might seem Martha is just ticked off at her sister for not helping her with the chores, but when she complains to Jesus he takes her sister's side.  Then our book club read "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World:  Finding Intimacy With God in the Busyness of Life" by Joanna Weaver.  Joanna Weaver is not Catholic, but her insightful book opened up those verses for me in a whole new way.

Ah Martha!  You are running around preparing, cleaning and tending to your guests while your lazy sister sits at the feet of Jesus!  Ah Mary!  You are mesmorized that Jesus has come to your house to visit and has let you, a woman, sit at his feet and listen to him speak.  Your sister's voice becomes, "Wah, wah, wah."

That would be me.  Martha I am not.  Once the guests arrive and food served, I'm ready to party!  Clean up can wait till morning.  But I don't always tend to my prayer life in the same way.  I get to work and say a few prayers under my breath for myself and the people I work with.  Other times I actually attend daily Mass, stay for the Rosary and sit for awhile taking in the sanctuary that feels like I'm in the palm of His hand.

We live in a busy world.  We're the only ones who can slow it down.  We have to stop and sit at His feet and listen to His Word.  All the other stuff will still be there when we're done.

Today's readings are definitely about Martha, Mary, Jesus and me.  Do you see yourself in this Gospel story?

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