It has to be done now...
Sometimes it seems to me that there is always something in my life that absolutely has to be done now. If I have plans for the weekend or I just want to spend some time with my family and something will pop up that absolutely has to be done immediately. The faster I go the behinder I get. In our fast paced culture it seems like speed is everything. I am surprised that we don't get road rash from the stumbles we take on the path of life.
So what really is important, how can we set our priorities so the seemingly critical things that pop up get done and we still have time to spend with the people we care for or even just to relax. First of all we need to learn to separate what is really important from those things that are really distractions disguised as emergencies. As we all know this is not as easy as it seems. Jesus addresses this and other things when he relates the story of Mary and Martha.
Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her."Luke 10:38-42
As much as I hate to admit it not only do I side with Martha against Jesus but I also feel the need to protect her against centuries of undeserved scorn. Is Jesus wrong? Or is this just another example of my misplaced priorities. I can't speak for everyone but for me food is always a priority, so is hospitality. Martha is a good host and she is seeing to the needs of her guests as well as she is able. A little help does not seem out of order at all.
Our problem, just like the problem we have deciding what is important enough to put aside our plans and take care of immediately is the lack of information. We need to take a few moments when these things come up to gather a little information so we can make a good decision. Always keep in mind that the really important things in our lives are always about relationships not things. That seems to apply here in the story about Mary and Martha. There is also a lot that the text does not tell us. What could be so important in the conversation between Jesus and Mary that he would treat Martha in such a rude manner?
I cannot really answer that but I can speculate. The Gospel of John tells us; Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair. (John 11:2) Jesus in his conversation with Simon the Pharisee acknowledges that she had "Sinned much" but also that she had been "forgiven much." What is the conversation where Mary finally realized that God loved and was ready to forgive her and accept her as a child of God was the very conversation Jesus was having with her when Martha interrupted asking Jesus to tell her to help? Now the question becomes is the grace of God more important than having dinner on time? Now the priorities are clear. Our relationships our love for God and for the family and friends that form our community always come first. As St. Paul tells us; Now is the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12 the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Romans (13:11-12)
There is nothing in this world that is more important than a loving heart and helping hands. Not even dinner.
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