Now as they went on their way, he 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.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
At first when I read this story I imagine two women at odds with one another and a big part of me wants to defend Martha. I empathize with her, especially as a working mother. There is stuff that needs to get done and someone has to make sure it does. But the challenge for me is not to imagine two separate, differently motivated women, but rather two parts of myself. One part strives and desires order, justice, goodness, change and all the things. The other part is the one that just desires God. Too often I think I pay more attention to the first part, when what will most deeply satisfy me is the second. This Gospel reminds me to slow down and just sit with God. The dishes will always get done, or maybe they won’t. But nothing will ever satisfy me as much as closeness to God.
—Megan Agliano teaches in religious studies at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, AZ.
Jesus, help calm my heart and mind. Open my ears to hear your voice and feel your presence. To be with you is enough. Amen.
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