Reading: Luke 10: 38-42
“Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken from her”. What is better is to sit at Jesus’ feet, to listen to His words, to meditate on their meaning, and to apply them to our lives. Just as Mary did this, we too are called to daily do the same. We are called to what is better, to spend time with Jesus.
Life is busy and there is always much to do. We can easily fill our days up with a long to-do list. There are so many people and things we are committed to. We can all relate to Martha in this story. She is feeling the pressure to always be on the move so that all gets done. She is a doer and a worrier. One cannot read this story without feeling at least a little like Martha and without feeling at least a little conviction.
I think a little conviction is good now and then. It allows us to examine our lives, our practices, our priorities. There is no need for guilt. The story simply allows us to evaluate if we are spending enough ‘Mary time’s or not. Deep inside we all feel the pull to spend time daily with God and we all know that life is better when we do so. Once the habit is established, our daily personal time with God is closely guarded and kept sacred.
It does not matter if our Mary time is early in the morning, during our noonday break, or in the evening sometime before bed. It does not matter if our time with God is relatively short or if it is really long. Each of us are unique and need to find our own best way to come and sit at Jesus’ feet, to connect our heart and soul to His. If you do not have Mary time each day, try it for a few weeks. Pick a spot in the New Testament and read and reflect and pray for a little while each day. If you do have some Mary time each day, blessings on your time each day in His presence!