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Luke 10:38-42: Martha and Mary

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Vermeer: Martha and Mary

There is only need of one thing.

There is a time for action and a time for reflection.  This well-known story of Martha and Mary reminds us of the opening of Chapter 3 in Ecclesiastes: There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.  And frequently these times occur at once, leaving us a bit dizzy and exhausted.  We need not worry that we have missed an opportunity, for God always allows us another opportunity to amend.  What we must do is to allow ourselves enough action time balanced with quiet time . . . in order that we both witness and wait.

There is only need of one thing.

This story is followed by the time when Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray to the Father.  I always think it must have been startling for his followers to hear that he encouraged them to address the creator with the name of Abba . . . Father, a name of endearment and intimacy.  This relationship with God that Jesus urges is quite different from the one which Israel had experienced as chosen tribe.  This new relationship is one in which we are loved beyond measure, it is one in which we are urged to ask so that we might receive.  It is one in which we are encouraged to petition so that we might be answered.

There is only need of one thing.

In the midst of so many seasons, so many turnings, so many routes, so many options . . . There is only need of one thing . . . to listen to the voice of God, to witness and to wait, to petition and to ask . . . Abba, Father . . .

There is only need of one thing.


Image from: http://www.womeninthebible.net/2.3.Martha_and_Mary.htm

For a wonderful site that tells us so much about Martha and Mary, click on the image above or go to: http://www.womeninthebible.net/2.3.Martha_and_Mary.htm

Also you may like this reflection on The Greatest Vocation at: http://newtheologicalmovement.blogspot.com/2010/07/greatest-vocation.html

Written on June 9, 2009 and posted today as a Favorite.

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