I Choose Both

 

The story continues with Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to him speak, while Martha works hard as the hostess, making sure all her guests are comfortable. I imagine she recognizes the significance of this band of men and wants to impress them, offering fine food and drink. If I were in this situation, my own mind would have a constant nagging worry, wondering if they are (as the kids say today) judging me for any number of things: the cleanliness of the house, the quality of the food, the comfort of the chairs, etc.

Having hosted dinner parties in my past, I understand Martha wanting a bit of help from her sister. Putting together a satisfying meal for 15 is certainly much easier with assistance. However, when she approaches Jesus about it, he gently offers her the path to peace: “There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” (LK 10:42)

One lesson I take away from this story is that all we need is Jesus. The state of our house, the quality of our food, all our possessions…these things don’t matter. In my day-to-day life, if I listen to Jesus like Mary, and be grateful for what I have, that is all I need. However, I also feel that in society today, we must take the words of Jesus and turn them into action, like Martha. I am conscious of the promise of the psalmist, we “who [do] justice will live in the presence of the Lord.” For me, I choose to do both.

Janine Walsh
FAN Communications Coordinator

Suggested Action:
Take time each day this week to listen to what God is calling you to act upon.

Suggested Petitions:
May we have trust in the Lord and listen to him, knowing he will not lead us astray. We pray…
May we take God’s word to heart and allow it to positively affect our daily actions. We pray…

Collect Prayer:

Show favor, O Lord, to your servants
And mercifully increase the gifts of your grace,
That, made fervent in hope, faith and charity,
They may be ever watchful in keeping your commands.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever.

 

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