Luke 10 38-42
The story about Jesus’ visit to the home of Mary and her sister Martha has a message for everyone. Although I have slowed down the pace of my life quite a bit in the past few years, I still find times when I’m living like Martha, when I really should be living like Mary.
On one hand, I see that Martha is doing her best to serve Jesus and that is what we have been called to do. But it was her attitude toward Mary that blinded her of the true sense of service. She was jealous that Mary was simply sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening to him.
I remember the first time I heard this reading about the two sisters. Coming from a large family, there were always chores to do. There were many time when I had to dust the house. It was one of my least favorite chores to do because it was very time consuming and tedious. We had a set of bookshelves that had what seemed like a 100 nick naks on it! It didn’t matter what anyone else had to do, I was jealous of my siblings because I felt they had barely anything to do compared to me!
That childhood feeling came rushing back to me when I read about how Martha felt that day. That feeling quickly dissipated, though, as I continued reading what Jesus told Martha.
“Martha, Martha (not Marcia, Marcia, Marcia), 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.”
Although Mary had chosen to sit at Jesus’ feet and learn from Him, her job wasn’t as easy as it originally appeared. Jesus, most likely, told Mary and all who listened, what He wanted them to do to Glorify God. As we know, sharing our faith can be very difficult at times but if we listen and learn from Jesus, we will be given grace and courage to talk to others about our faith.
Now, if you would take a look at the dust building up in my own house (but, don’t look too closely!), you can see that I ‘let the house go’ in order to spend time with Jesus and learn from Him how to better share my faith with others.
Are you a Martha or a Mary?
Martha: Are your Sunday’s filled with athletic events and “Hail Mary” passes?
Mary: Are your Sunday’s filled with athletic events, but still find time to make it to mass and pray a Hail Mary?
Martha: Do you drop your kids off at Faith Formation and run to get groceries before picking them up again?
Mary: Do you drop your kids off and stop in at the Adoration Chapel to spend time with Jesus so He can feed your soul?
Martha: Do you spend “free time” checking facebook, twitter, or other social media to see what everyone else is doing?
Mary: Or, do you find time to read quality books (you are what you read): and find out what Jesus is doing?
Believe me, I’m both Mary and Martha, but I am making an effort to be more like Mary each day. Won’t you join me?