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.”
While Martha was running around trying to make sure everyone who had come to hear Jesus speak were fed…her sister Mary was calmly sitting by Jesus listening to him. What was Martha’s motivation in serving others? The text says she was “burdened with much serving.” Perhaps her motivations were selfish ones driven by her ego? Otherwise, would she not have been joyfully serving regardless of the actions of her sister? Each of us might ask ourselves whether we are motivated by serving God or by serving our egos. To Martha’s credit…serving others is definitely what we are called to do…but without listening to God we will be lost as to our true motivations. Mary knew this. (And by the way…she was breaking all the cultural rules by joining the men at the feet of Jesus! Women were not allowed to be students of the rabbi.) After listening to Jesus and reflecting on His words…I’m quite certain Mary’s next step would be to take some type of action in the service of others. Reflection is followed by action, then reflection, then action. Are you taking time each day to sit at the feet of Jesus…and listen to Him? What is your motivation? Why not reflect on scripture…perhaps this reading…sit in silence…and just listen?
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