Martha and Mary

“Martha and Mary”
Luke 10:38-42 “in a snailshell”
Tuesday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

As they continued their journey he entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”

Luke 10:38-42

The Necessity of Contemplation

Jesus took delight in Mary’s childlike simplicity, listening with loving attention and heedful of the “one thing necessary.” The world needs movers and shakers, but also contemplatives who pull the universe into the divine orbit by the active force of silence and stillness in union with God. Martha and Mary need one another, as the ear needs the eye in the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:14-26). 

Martha, Martha, you are anxious about many things.
Leave Mary at my feet, soaring on eagles’ wings.

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2 Replies to “Martha and Mary”

  1. Dear GMC, Thank you for your reflection. It reminds me of my sisters and me. I tend to be Mary and they are definitely Marthas. It’s not that Mary doesn’t have a job to do, it’s that her job is different and my sisters recognize that about me. So, whenever we get together, they love trying out their new recipes and I love telling them what’s new at The Victor’s Place. They actually become Marys and listen!

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