MEMORIAL OF SAINT MARTHA MONDAY JULY 29, 2019
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 10:38-42
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.”
REFLECTION: "There is need of only one thing."
We read this gospel just last week. The importance for the repetition is that the message of Martha bustling about doing and doing needs to be retold so that we can truly understand what is most important. The relationship that Martha had with Jesus is so unique because she did not hesitate to complain to Jesus that she felt overworked, overused, unappreciated and was tired of this treatment. It is okay for us to also complain to Jesus--after all He already knows.
Many of us may not see that we are slowly getting into a position of "doing so that we can shine" or "outdoing ourselves for the praises and the higher esteem we are held". We may lose sight of the reason we began a project. We seem to have forgotten that all we do is for God's greater glory.
Jesus in His kindness and gentleness, merely tells Martha that there is need of only one thing--HIM.
There is a time for praying and a time for playing. Enjoy life and work hard but always remember that we are called for something greater than baking, cooking, sewing,and cleaning. We are called to love and praise God and all else is second best.
How do we prioritize our life--What is Urgent (U), what is Necessary (N) and what is Important (I), Utilizing the PAPA UNI we will quickly find out that God is the answer to these three questions.