Our Lady of Fatima Faith Focus
Our Lady of Fatima
In the Wor
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
“There is need of only one thing.”
How many times have I heard a Christian woman bemoan, “I’m such a Martha. I should be more of a Mary!” Martha’s experience of the burden of serving can befall any of us, men and women alike. I have a soft spot for St. Martha and all the Marthas of the world. When I hear Martha’s complaint – “"Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me"” – I empathize. Maybe you do too. I often feel “burdened with much serving,” “anxious and worried about many things.”
To be honest, I used to hear Jesus’ “Martha, Martha…” as a scold. It took years of praying my frustration and irritation (
Lord, do you not care…?
) before I heard something new, something that resonated more deeply with my experience of Jesus. What if, when Jesus tells Martha that “Mary has chosen the better part, and it will not be taken from her,” he is
accusing Martha of choosing the lesser part. What if, Jesus sees Martha’s burden, and desires to relieve it, not judge it. What if Jesus’ words to Martha are an invitation:
Martha – and all ‘Marthas’ – you too can choose the better part, and it will not be taken from you.
- Christine Sullivan, Director of Adult Formation
DID YOU KNOW?
St. Martha's feast day is coming up on July 29th!
For further reflection:
This gospel is rich with possibility for prayer. Here are some questions that might resonate with you. Choose one or more as you spend time in the presence of Jesus:
When have you felt “burdened with much serving”? “Anxious and worried about many things”? Maybe you feel that way now. What might Jesus have to say to you in the midst of these feelings?
When have you sat at the feet of Jesus? How can you do so this week? Notice what he says as you listen.
What do you understand as the “one thing” which Jesus says we need? Do you have that one thing? Do you want it? If not, what might you ask of Jesus?
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