Reading: Luke 10: 38-42
In today’s reading, Mary has chosen Jesus, the “better part”. Martha has chosen busyness. She is working hard to serve Jesus and His traveling companions. While being a servant is usually a good thing, what Mary has chosen is definitely better. When Martha complains to Jesus that Mary is not helping her, Jesus names Martha’s lesser choice and defends Mary’s better choice. The question is: did Martha stop and sit at Jesus’feet as well or did she let out a frustrated sigh and stomp off to continue her preparations?
Often we find ourselves in the same dilemma. Do we stop or lay aside what we are doing to make the better choice that God has placed before us? Do we take the time to share Jesus either verbally or through our actions when God places us in that situation where we can be His light and love? Or do we go on with excuses and rationalizations rolling off of our tongues?
Later, in the Gospel of John, we see that Martha has learned what the better choice is. After Lazarus has died, she is the first one to run to Jesus as He approaches to declare her faith in Him and to proclaim that He is the Messiah. Whether it happened right after Jesus declared the better choice in Luke or whether it happened sometime before this story in John, we are thankful that Martha eventually made the better choice.
This day and every day, may we all be like Martha, joining Mary and sitting at the feet of Jesus, hearing His words and growing in our faith.