THEME: AT THE FEET OF JESUS
At first it seems so unfair. Martha is working hard at preparing the meal, while Mary is just sitting there at the feet of Jesus idling away. So, Martha complains to Jesus. But interestingly, it seems as if Jesus somewhat humbles Martha instead of Mary by his response. However, the truth is that both Martha and Mary were fulfilling their unique roles at that moment. Martha was doing Jesus a great service by serving Him through the preparation of their meal. This is what she was called to do and the service would have been an act of love. Mary, on the other hand, was fulfilling her role. She was called, at that moment, to simply sit at the feet of Jesus and be present to Him.
These two women have traditionally represented two vocations in the Church, as well as two callings we are all called to have. Martha represents the active life and Mary represents the contemplative life. The active life is that life most live on a daily basis, be it through the service of family or others in the world. The contemplative life is a vocation to which some are called through the cloistered life, in that they leave the busy world and dedicate most of their day to prayer and solitude. Thus, Jesus the great teacher who does not miss any opportunity to educate only saw the scenario as another opportunity to teach us an important lesson: just like you cannot spend your whole life in prayer and leave your family hungry, so also you cannot do the work of God and forget the God of the work,
Many of us worry about so many things. We’re often eaten up by anxiety. Jesus tells us today that our life may be so filled with work, looking for what to eat, what to sustain the family with, children school fees, etc, we must still create time to sit at the feet of Jesus. For when we bring them to Jesus’ feet, our worries find meaning, our hopelessness is bolstered with courage, and our anxieties are calmed. At the feet of Jesus those who have lost their way in life are given direction, sinners are restored, the sick are healed and several burdens lightened. At the feet of Jesus, we find strength to go about our daily struggles. At the feet of Jesus all fear is gone, because we know, he holds our future, our life is but a living joy because he lives. At the feet of Jesus, new life spring up again. Hence, Jesus wants us to daily stop our work and dedicate some time to Him and Him alone. He wants us to go spend time with him in the Blessed Sacrament in silent prayer. For those who wait on the Lord, the Lord will surely renew their strength (cf. Isaiah 40: 31).
GOOD MORNING AND DO HAVE A BLISSFUL DAY!