July 21

Luke 10:41-42

“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.’” vss. 41-42

It’s not unusual to be overwhelmed by distractions in our fast-paced world. Tasks and responsibilities related to work and leisure come at us from every direction every day. And always there’s that cultural emphasis on production and accomplishment hanging over it all. In the midst of that busyness we tend to measure the success of a day by what we’ve gotten done…some of us even have daily “to do” lists and feel like failures if we don’t check everything off. Mary doesn’t seem to have been bothered by such notions and was content to sit for hours just listening to Jesus. When Martha, who obviously was a doer, objected to her sister’s inaction, Jesus sided with Mary…in his words, she had chosen the better part. His words are important for us. We with our fixation on getting things done are far better off when we take time for sitting around and listening to the Christ who dwells in all that we see and hear. Those voices that come in our quiet times of contemplation or meditation are not to be ignored. These are words from the mouth of God and provide essential instruction for daily living. In those moments of reflection we’re not wasting time…we’re actually choosing the better part, and what we learn can never be taken from us!

Thought for the Day: What do I need to get done today?

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