July 29 Feast of St. Martha
When speaking to Martha, we hear from Jesus own mouth how important it is that we spend time with him. Let us thank God for this moment with him now.
It wouldn’t take much for any of us to sympathize with Martha.
She has a grievance that seems very reasonable.
She is sweating over pots and pans
and a sink filled with dirty dishes
while Mary is at the feet of Jesus listening to him.
I’m sure we can all think of someone
who isn’t pulling their load or doing their share.
The stress is getting to her.
We can see ourselves in Martha
as she can’t help but blurt out,
“Jesus, tell Mary to get in here and give me a hand.
“Surely you can see that I need some help.”
I like that Martha took her grievance to Jesus
and spoke honestly with him about her difficulty.
She didn’t just stew about it.
But Jesus seems to reproach her for doing this.
And there are two reasons why he addresses her and her anxiety.
First of all her focus was on herself and not Jesus.
Perhaps she was trying to impress him,
and he wasn’t taking notice.
When we don’t focus on Jesus
and do our work out of love for him,
our busyness can become a burden
that causes stress and even anxiety.
Martha’s complaint accused Mary
and accused even Jesus of not helping her.
Martha is probably thinking,
“Surely when Jesus says something,
Mary will get moving.”
Her work became more important than Jesus
and showing him the hospitality of her heart.
If Martha took 5 or 10 minutes
and just let the pans soak in the sink,
she could have sat down next to her sister
and listened to Jesus.
Being with Jesus and taking the time to listen to him
will always give us the energy and the grace we need
to serve him with love in our brothers and sisters.
It takes 5 or 10 minutes to sit with Jesus
and show him hospitality in our hearts first.
Then with his love and energy,
we can welcome anyone in need
into that same heart
where he will minister to them through us.
Thank you, Martha, for listening to Jesus
and helping us to listen to him too.