Luke 10:38-42 (The Message)
As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them.” Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.”
The Master said, ” Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it – it’s the main course, and it won’t be taken from her.”
Yesterday, late afternoon, my oldest daughter kept coming back to ask me to play. And I kept telling her “Not now, I’m busy.” It was the dinner that needed cooking, or the lounge that needed tidying, or the dishes that needed to be done, or the messages that needed replying to ….the list is endless. When I was running this morning, however, the story of Martha and Mary came to me. Martha stayed in the kitchen to “do all the work”, while Mary sat down with Jesus to “be lazy”, as I too often see it, and listen. Jesus effectively told us all to be more like the present Mary and less like the striving Martha. Yesterday, I was more Martha than Mary.
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