Faith Daily | 5 October 2021
PRAYER of the DAY - PENTECOST 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
38 Now 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: Contributed by: Virginia Hasker
This is such a well-known story, and we can imagine so easily the domestic scene described here. Jesus, being welcomed into Martha and Mary’s home, and being able to relax. He was a friend of theirs and they had probably heard he was coming their way, invited him and been waiting for him because you couldn’t be sure when he would get there. Jesus - such a busy person, always travelling from place to place, talking to people, teaching them about the Kingdom, healing their sick, being hassled by crowds. What a relief and a joy to come to Mary and Martha’s house and sit down in the cool peace and quiet.
And any of us who have had sisters might relate to this story too. The elder sister is busy preparing the refreshment, chopping, cooking, laying the table preparing the cool drink. Maybe Jesus had to be on his way soon and the meal needed to be provided quickly.
And what was her sister doing? Not helping her. Just sitting talking to their guest. You can feel all that resentment building up in Martha as she toils away while her lazy sister sits around chatting. And it explodes with her confronting Jesus, letting out all her feelings. So human, so big sister!
The same sort of situation gets repeated today in our houses. We get over-anxious about ‘providing’ and we forget to engage with our guests and talk to them, to listen in a way that will make them feel special and cared for. Both roles are important, but we need to remember what Jesus says to Martha.
FINAL PRAYER: From 6th Century Abbot – Columbo of Iona
Be a bright flame before me O God,
A guiding star above me.
Be a smooth path below me,
A kindly shepherd behind me tonight and forever.
Alone, with none but you my God
I journey on my way.
What need I fear when you are near Oh Lord of night and day.
More secure am I when in your hand,
Than if a multitude did around me stand.