As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, He entered a village and a woman called Martha welcomed him to her house. She had a sister named Mary who sat down at the Lord's feet to listen to his words. Martha, meanwhile, was busy with all the serving and finally she said, «Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do all the serving?». But the Lord answered, «Martha, Martha, you worry and are troubled about many things, whereas only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the better part, and it will not be taken away from her».
We know not only this text, but also its interpretation. So I don't want to repeat it. Very often, we have the impression that Jesus chose Mary's choice as being better than Martha's.
Personally, I do not have the impression that Jesus compares one with the other, but rather that what we have chosen as the best way to put ourselves at the service of the Lord, it will not be opposed by God.Martha chose to serve the Lord, through her service, and if Mary had said what Martha said, Mary would have received the same answer, because the whole expression of man's love for the Lord, has the same value before God. God does not look at the act, but at the heart.
However, we must recognize that man must always consult the divine will before acting in the name of God. If we want to put ourselves at the service of the Lord, we must ask Him what kind of service He desires from us. Service without contemplation cannot help us to do God's will. At the same time, contemplation that does not lead us to the service of God's people, what is the use of such contemplation?
Action of the day : Before enacting an action, search and know the divine will.
«Martha, Martha, you worry and are troubled about many things, whereas only one thing is needed»
Fr. Josep RIBOT i Margarit
Today, as every day, we can learn from the Gospel. Jesus, invited to Martha's home in Bethany, gives us a lesson of humanity: He, who loved people, lets people love him, for both things are equally important. It would be a serious mistake, with harmful consequences for sanctity, to refuse God's and others' affection.
Martha or Mary? But..., why opposing those who loved each other so much and loved God too? Jesus loved Martha and Mary, and their brother Lazarus, and He loves each one of us, too.
On the path of sainthood not any two souls are exactly alike. We all try to love God, but within our own style and personality, without imitating anyone. Our models are Christ and the Mother of God. Do you resent how others treat God? Try to learn from his personal piety.
«Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do all the serving? Ask her therefore to help me» (Lk 10:40). To serve others, for the love of God, is an honor, not a burden. Do we serve with joy, as the Mother of God did with her cousin Elisabeth or at Cana's wedding, or as Jesus did when washing the Apostle's feet at the Last Supper?
«Martha, Martha, you worry and are troubled about many things, whereas only one thing is needed» (Lk 10:41-42). Let us lose neither our peace nor our good humor. And to accomplish it, let us take good care of God's presence. «Know it well: There is something holy, something divine, hidden in the most ordinary situations; and it is up to each person to discover it (…); either we learn to find our Lord in ordinary, everyday life, or else we shall never find him» (St. Josemaria).
«Mary has chosen the better part, and it will not be taken away from her» (Lk 10:42). God wants us happy. That our Mother in Heaven helps us to feel the joy of giving.