16th Sunday of the Year C
Take a hike!
I know of a couple who did a lot of entertaining.
They especially enjoyed inviting family and friends over for holidays.
Thanksgiving was a favorite.
It became a chore getting everything ready that by the time the guests arrived,
and they served the drinks, they were running on fumes.
Then one year they added a new routine to the preparations.
An hour before the guests arrived, they took a walk,
saying hello to neighbors and enjoying the break.
This time away gave them a whole new outlook.
They were able to enjoy their guests much more
and welcomed the gift of their presence too.
There’s always the temptation to give up the walk.
There is too much to do before the party starts.
Good old Martha and Mary come to mind.
So they stop being worried and anxious about many things.
They chose the better part – preparing our hearts for the guests.
Surprisingly, everything else fell into place.
Martha and Mary – food for the body and food for the heart.
Imagine walking into Martha and Mary’s home
Have you ever been a guest at Martha’s home?
You haven’t seen her for such a long time
and had so much to share.
Her kindness and attention meet your every need.
From the time you sat down,
you haven’t seen the bottom of the coffee cup.
And you will bust if you even look at another tasty treat.
Then you notice however much
you enjoy everything that comes your way,
and you wish that Martha
would sit down for a moment
to spend a little quality time with you.
Then you go and visit Mary.
She grabs you by the arm, and you sit down in a rush.
Hours seem to go by with all of the talk and laughter.
You notice you are getting hungry
or you have to cough a few times
before Mary brings you a glass of water.
As the sun begins to set, the room gets colder,
and no one closes the window or lights a fire.
Despite being a little uncomfortable,
you have a great visit with your friend.
Isn’t it best not to have to choose?
And while we welcome Martha’s hospitality,
we acknowledge that Mary
could have been more considerate of her sister
and share in some of the chores.
But if you must choose between Martha and Mary,
really being with someone is always the better part.
The relationship will manage without the treats,
but not without one heart speaking to another heart.
After all is said and done in a day,
put aside all of the activity
and let your heart come to life
as you sit at the feet of your Savior and your Friend.
And do the same with the most important people in your life.
Maybe sometimes we need to go for a walk with the Lord
or someone significant in our life.
We don’t have to wait for a Thanksgiving Dinner
to find that quiet time to be “really present with someone.”