Jesus came to a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking. Now Martha who was distracted with all the serving said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister is leaving me to do the serving all by myself? Please tell her to help me.’ But the Lord answered: ‘Martha, Martha,’ he said ‘you worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part; it is not to be taken from her.’
Gospel for 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The scripture passage may well raise all sorts of matters for our consideration. Why was Martha serving? Did Lazarus ever help out? Is ‘work’ always less important than ‘prayer’ – if that is what this story is about…
Our mind is busy about so many things but, in whatever time you have for prayer and recollection, bring those things to the Lord and share them with him. Notice what happens… Which continue to seem important and which less so? Which prove to be ‘masks’ for some other worry or concern? What does it feel like to spend time with Jesus and know his love for you, rather than being up and about ‘doing things’, even doing things for him?
Photograph (c) 2019, Allen Morris. Stained glass. Worcester Cathedral.