I’ve always found this Bible passage a difficult one because I feel for Martha. There she was taking care of everyone while her little sister got to enjoy herself – it doesn’t seem fair. But this week’s Bible Burst led me to ask the question: Why didn’t Martha enjoy serving?
Martha, Martha, Martha… We cannot just go out and do and expect greatness – we must first have direction and meaningful purpose. If we do not first listen to what God wants of us, then our actions are just busy-ness without holiness as our end.
39. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.
40. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
41. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
42. But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
It wasn’t Martha’s serving of others that was wrong – for…
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Although crippled by disease, I am fully alive in love. I write about the profound wonder and terrible beauty of life while living with physical disability and severe dependency. Unafraid to ask life's big questions, I was briefly an atheist and considered other religions before finding, in God's choice to intimately share our humanity, what it truly means to be fully human. A revert to the Catholic Faith, I blog weekly and have written a book called It's Good to Be Here.