Mary and Martha

But Martha was distracted by all the preparations to be made. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her to help me!” “Martha,Martha,” the Lord replied, “you are worried and upset about many things.   But only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, and it will not be taken away from her.”(Luke 11:40-42)


Taking Jesus for granted stops when you experience Jesus as God. 

When  Jesus is present, you drop everything.     I’m not saying Martha doesn’t know Jesus, she just isn’t ready to be one of His ambassadors.   If I am working outside, and I see sheet lightning in the distance, I keep on working.  I can sense the presence of the storm but not directly.  If lightning strikes 5 feet away, I sense I am in the presence of something incredibly powerful.  The idea that Mary is the ideal model for spirituality  misses the point.    It’s never wrong to work hard.   It’s only wrong when Jesus is present.

We are Unique Messengers.

Jesus’ answer is always the same when we compare ourselves to other people, “What is that to you?”   We are unique messengers with a living message. Paul needed three years for the living Christ to reshape and envision his soul.   During those years alone, Paul perhaps prayed:  :O LORD, you have probed me and you know me; you know when I sit and when I stand; you understand my thoughts from afar. My journeys and my rest you scrutinize, with all my ways you are familiar.  Sitting side by side with Jesus was a once in a life time opportunity for Mary.  Why?  Being in the same room with Jesus changes you.  This change is not theoretical.  God actually changes us.  We are born with old wine skins and at our new birth God gives us a new vessel.

Find a Soul Reading Church.

What did Mary and Jesus talk about?  My guess is that Jesus read Mary’s soul.   The Psalmist states:  “My soul also you knew full well; nor was my frame unknown to you

When I was made in secret, when I was fashioned in the depths of the earth.”    The ancient church is full of soul readers.    Charismatics call it “reading your mail.” Jesus practiced this gift throughout His ministry (cf. John 5).     An  Episcopal Priest met a holy man who leaned into him and said: “I’ve never said this publicly, but he leaned in to me and whispered. He read my soul right then and there. He told me things that I had thought but that I had never told to people. It was alarming but also comforting.”  This is what Mary experienced that day while Martha was serving.  Sometimes we are busy because we afraid of what Jesus might say and do.   When that fear arises in your soul, think of the words, “Come unto me all ye who are heavy laden.”

Author: Karen Epp

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