Reading for 8 Oct 2013

October 8th, 2013  |  Published in Deacon Andy's Blog

Today’s readings are Jonah 3:1-10 and Luke 10:38-42

Today’s gospel is the story of Jesus visiting Martha and Mary. I am sure many of us can sympathize with Martha. I can only imagine that when Jesus came to the village, he was not alone. We don’t get from the bible how many people came with Him, but I would think a good size group of people accompanied Him. Perhaps many if not all the apostles and then other disciples who wanted to hear Jesus talk. Martha is being the good hostess working hard and “burdened with much serving”. Worse yet in Martha’s opinion her sister Mary has left all the work to her. Mary decided to just sit down and listen to Jesus talk.

Exasperated and struggling to keep up with serving the crowd, Martha goes to Jesus and wants Him to tell Mary to get up and help instead of just sitting there. I think many of us would have done the same thing. It just doesn’t seem right. Jesus does not do as Martha hopes, instead he replies “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.” I don’t think Jesus is scolding Martha. He is reminding her of the need for balance.

Sometimes we can get caught up in worldly things so much that we lose focus on the most important thing; to love God with all our heart, mind and soul. The worldly things may not be bad or evil temptations that we are giving into. In fact they might be very well intended acts. We can’t let these acts overshadow the need for God in our life. How easy it is to say, “I just don’t have time to pray today (or go to mass today), I have to a million things to do, getting ready for –fill in the blank – a child’s birthday party, the big presentation at work, preparing for a dinner party, packing for trip to visit family, coaching the soccer team, etc.

There is nothing wrong with any of those worldly things; unless we let them push aside devoting ourselves to God. Let’s all try to choose the better part, and remember that devotion to God must be at the center of everything we do.