In today’s Gospel Reading, we find Jesus listening to Martha as she grumbles about her sister, Mary. Martha is meticulous about the best hospitality to be given to Jesus and his disciples. It’s not every day that the Lord comes to your house for a meal. So therefore, she is deeply concerned and anxious.
Revelation 3:20 “Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and eat with you and you with me.”
In the 1st reading, Genesis 18:1-10, Abraham was also meticulous in his efforts to provide the best hospitality for his Divine guests. Although he was hurried but he never fretted and never grumble to his wife Sarah.
Martha shows her discontentment and grumbles to Jesus about her sister’s behaviour but Jesus who after listening to her patiently, tells her that “you worry and fret about so many things and yet few are needed, indeed only one. Mary has chosen the better part and it is not to be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41-41). She had expected Jesus to ask Mary to help her but it was otherwise.
Jesus accepts Martha for who she is and reminds Martha and us as to what we should be “concerned” with and who our focus in life should be on. It should be Jesus whom we should be taking centrestage in our relationship in the heavenly kingdom. Jesus is The Chosen and Beloved One of the God our Father and we can turn to Him at all times as He loves us all beyond our finite understanding.
Often times, many of us are like Martha, being overly concerned with doing, focusing on doing things in our family life, our work place and also in our ministries, we lose focus and sight of what is the most important thing, that is to focus on Jesus. That ultimately it is Jesus who is the Centre of All. To be Christocentric in our lives. He is truly and will be, our all in all.
Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want.”
Martha’s approach to Jesus shows that we too can tell Him anything without qualms, knowing that He is always giving a listening ear to whatever situation we are in. We do not go to Him for problems per se. When we go into the Adoration room to adore and worship Our Lord, Jesus.
To be in His sacred presence. Where we praise, adore, worship Our Lord and also to tell Him our deepest thoughts, concerns and anxieties in our lives.
Mary sat at the Lord’s feet to listen to His words. We should imitate the actions of Mary and listen to Jesus by reading sacred scripture daily. To nourish ourselves with the Word of God and to seat at the feet of Our Lord in the adoration room.
In Matthew 4:4 Jesus says “ One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Jesus is the Word made flesh.
When we place our full concentration and trust in Him and surrender to Him, we are never alone or without help. We find inner peace and strength to face whatever obstacles that may come our way in our life.
Food for Thought
- In our relationship with the Lord, Are we a “Martha” or “Mary”?
- Do we follow the example of Mary?
- Who is the main focus in our lives? Is Jesus, The Word of God, our focus?
- Do we nourish ourselves with the Word of God by reading sacred scripture daily and go for weekday Eucharistic Celebrations?
With Peace and Joy,
Geraldine and Philip