Lesson Learned

1 Apr

The text we have today is often used to talk about women followers of Jesus.  And sometimes we explain away the distractedness of Martha (someone has to do the work!).  But, really I think Luke wants us to know that even in the early church people might have been more willing to do “church suppers” than studying the scripture.

I think it is a truism of the faith community that we are more willing to ‘do things’ than engaging in our faith journey to challenge ourselves to grow.  Just think about how much more animated people become about a Trustees project than about a new prayer group.

So, we have Martha and Mary.  Martha is distracted.  I have always imagine that Martha is distracted because she is trying to impress with her hostessing.  But Mary enjoys the present moment, even if it was counter-cultural.

Wednesday,  The value of study                        Luke 10:38-42

38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40 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.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42 there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”

So, on this day to being a new month, a new quarter of the year, a new day; let go of dumb distractions and enjoy some quality time with our ever-present teacher.



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