St Martha | Thursday 29 July 2021
Today is Thursday the 29 July, the Feast of Saint Martha, in the seventeenth week of Ordinary time.
Josh Garrels sings, ‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus’.
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Luke.
As they went on their way, Jesus entered a certain village, where a woman called Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister called 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.”
This is an extraordinary story, and sometimes it makes people feel a bit uncomfortable; they think that Martha gets rather a strong rebuke, and that she does not really deserve it. But you have heard it for yourself, so decide for yourself. Among other things, you might like to ask yourself: Who do you think is the one offering hospitality here?
You might also want to ask yourself: what is it that Martha has a problem with? What do you think is the ‘better part’ that Mary has chosen?
As you listen again, you might like to ask yourself: who comes out best in this story?
Now talk to Jesus about what happened in that little episode. What do you find yourself inclined to say to him?
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.