The familiar story of Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus, whom Jesus visited in their home has much to teach us.
Let us look first at each of these women. Martha was the one who greeted the Lord Jesus and busied herself preparing food and drink to share with him, while her sister Mary simply sat at the Lord’s feet listening to him as he talked. She gave her full attention to Jesus, but didn’t Martha also do the same as she offered all she had, both her time and her talent to him? Both women then were attentive to Jesus.
The lesson we can take from this is that we can often busy ourselves with details and plans and food preparation and preparing our homes to receive guests; it’s a good thing to do, right? Well, yes it does show hospitality and love for the person, yet being tied up in all of the details sometimes distracts us from truly visiting or being present to our guests.
So which woman do you most identify with in this Gospel;
Mary or Martha? Do you fill your time with tasks, one after the other, even if for the love of others and then find you have not had time to spend with them? Do you long for your tasks to be complete so that you can be with family and friends? We may all be able to identify with Martha in some way. Can you relate to Mary in the same way? Do you, like Mary take the time to sit and to listen for the voice of God? Are you attentive to his voice? Or are you so consumed with getting things done, that you neglect your relationship with Jesus?
This particular Gospel story is directing us to a very important life lesson. We MUST spend time with Jesus. We must take time to listen attentively to how he is speaking to us and that calls for deliberate intention and action on our part. God is always there for us, waiting patiently to call upon him. He can wait forever, however, we cannot afford to wait that long. The risk we take in waiting is that we come to the end of our time here on this earth and then notice that we have failed to build our relationship with our Lord. We need to become one with Jesus and we can do that in prayer as we listen with open hearts. In that way we will not have to wonder if Jesus will know us when we come to him.
Take time this week to simply sit in silence. Put away for a time all the tasks that fill your day and rob you of your energy and bask in the love that is waiting for you at the feet of Jesus. Sit with him, like Mary and learn from him.
Look forward to and enjoy the gifts you are sure to receive.
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October 24, 2020
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