Bible Event – Jesus’ Life
Mary and Martha were sisters. Martha invited Jesus into their home, it was a great privilege.
Soon, Martha was complaining to Jesus that she had all the cooking to do in the kitchen, preparing their lunch, while Mary sat comfortably listening to His wonderful stories.
We don’t know, but maybe Martha’s intentions were to sit and talk to Jesus while Mary cooked! Mary, on the other hand, may have wanted an afternoon sleep but found herself enjoying Jesus’ company!
Whatever their plans, it’s possible they both ended up doing things they hadn’t envisaged. Their rewards were that they had the privilege of welcoming, serving and dining with the Son of God. They also heard, at first hand, His Gospel News and received His blessing.
Jesus responded to Martha’s complaint saying, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things, but one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the best part; it will not be taken away from her”.
On that special day, when Jesus left their home, Mary and Martha were likely to have had more questions than answers; about themselves, their selfishness, their relationships, their beliefs and their faith.
Perhaps Martha’s next plan was to do less complaining and place other people’s needs above her own! (Luke 10:38-42)
Just for today, help me realise that yesterday is history, tomorrow’s a mystery, so I need to make the best of the gift of today!
Lord Jesus, help me to overcome my faults and failings. Guide me on how to use your blessings to the full. Amen.
Prayer: Daily Prayer (St Francis)
Lord, help me to live this day, quietly, easily;
to lean on your great strength, trustfully, respectfully;
to wait for the unfolding of your will, patiently, serenely;
to meet others, peacefully, joyfully;
to face tomorrow, confidently, courageously.