Gospel: Luke 10:38-42
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Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”
For today’s Gospel, Luke 10:38-42 is what we have. This tells the story of Martha and her sister Mary. Of the two sisters, Martha is the busiest in attending to all her chores. This in fact was the reason why she tells Jesus about her being busy all the time.
In the gospel of Luke 10:38-42, the sister Mary was the one who sat on her feet and listen to Jesus. While Martha is still much occupied with all the chores, Mary sat down and is willing to hear Jesus.
What does the gospel from Luke 10:38-42 tells us about? This is a simple representation that in life, either we are Mary or Martha. Who is who? It depends on the situation we are in at the moment.
Sometimes, we are always delighted to let Jesus be the center of everything we have. We are proud to have Jesus in our lives so we take advantage of the time to be with Him through our good deeds. We are ready to always listen to His words in our hearts. We give Jesus the priority He deserves and we are Mary in this situation.
Yet, most of the time we are Martha. We are pre-occupied with so many things in this life. We are always busy with what keeps our blood running. We neglect our duty to Jesus as His most willing servant. We forgot Jesus and we are Martha in this sense.
The gospel in Luke 10:38-42 only gives us two side of the coin. Whether we be like Martha who keeps getting busy and neglect her duty as a Christian or we become Mary. If we are Mary, we must leave our chores behind and offer Jesus our time.
The gospel from Luke 10:38-42 gives us our options but Jesus wanted us to be like Mary. Forget everything for the Kingdom of God and everything will be in place. – Clea | Helpline PH