I finished my work early yesterday and decided I needed to get some things done around the house. Of the many things on my mind, the new tile in my bathroom was only about 25% complete and I was feeling pressure to get it done. First I had to clean things up because I stopped abruptly when laying the last section of tile. That activity lead to tidying up my workbench that was desperately disorganized. Before long I was caught up in the midst of...
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What does this mess have to do with this week's Gospel you ask? Read on and hopefully you'll understand:
Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, 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.” Luke 10:38-42
In this well-known dialogue between Jesus and His friend Martha, Jesus must have surprised Martha with His response. Because she was busy doing "good" things, Martha expected Jesus to correct Mary's behavior. Surely it was better to be doing something and not just sitting around. No! Mary had chosen the better part. "There is need of only one thing." Sit at the feet of the Lord! Be in His presence!
I sat down on the garage floor and began organizing the bolts, nails and screws that were all mixed up and scattered around. I often find my mind scattered and my thoughts all mixed up. Have you ever felt that way? Yesterday the simple act of being present in that moment brought me peace and allowed me to relax. My priorities changed and I wasn't as worried about all that needed to be done. My anxiety about the floor tile had vanished and the mess is gone!!!
Now imagine the impact in our lives when we choose to sit down at the feet of the Lord and listen to what He is saying to us. I am convinced that the more we sit in His presence the "better". This is especially important when we are mixed-up and scattered. And ultimately because we are focused on the Lord, more of the truly important things get done.