Faith Daily | 4 October 2022
PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p588
whose hand is open
to fill all things living with plenteousness:
make us ever thankful for your goodness,
and grant that we, remembering the account
that we must one day give,
may be faithful stewards of your bounty;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 10: 38-42
38Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” 41But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”
GOSPEL REFLECTION: Hilary Bell
I reflect how intimately Jesus knows each of us and how he understands our human emotions and interactions, including sibling relationships. As we travel through Luke’s Gospel narrative of Jesus healing and teaching through parables and direct instruction to his disciples we come to this short but very personal account of the conversation Jesus had with Martha when he visited her home.
Significantly Jesus allows a young woman, Mary, to sit and his feet, to listen and to learn. She is a disciple.
Perhaps Martha, too, wants to learn and to serve but she is “too busy”, “distracted by her many tasks”. As the older sibling she feels burdened by her responsibility to provide hospitality. Perhaps she is jealous of Mary: “it’s not fair” that Mary has left her to do all the work. Perhaps there are echoes here of the elder brother’s appeal to the father in the story of the prodigal.
Jesus does care. He understands that Martha’s anxiety and distraction prevent her from taking the opportunity to be in His presence, to listen and to learn.
The message is powerful. Our first priority is to God. We are to listen and to learn. Then we may be in a position to serve.
How often do we find that when a busy day begins with prayer, the day is manageable and that sometimes tasks that seemed a priority become less important and sometimes even unnecessary?
FINAL PRAYER J.G. Whittier
Dear God and Father,
Help us to seek you, to abide with you,
to sit at Your feet and to listen.
“Take from our souls the strain and stress”
“Breathe coolness and balm” until we hear Your “voice of calm”.