Today’s Gospel: Luke 10:38-42
My mother, the ever-hospitable Italian, always gets her nose bent out of joint with this Gospel reading. She can so identify with Martha that she feels sorry for her.
There is no doubt that Jesus loves visiting Martha’s home, where He always receives lots of love and a good home-cooked meal. So, after another busy day, week, maybe even month of preaching and teaching, healing and restoring, being accepted and rejected, Jesus returns to Bethany for some much needed R&R. Martha, excited that Jesus has come, and vexed by the number of people who have come with him, steps up the preparations for a wonderful meal.
I can just picture her in the kitchen – roast in the oven, biscuits baking, veggies boiling, salad prepared and an apple pie or two cooling in the window sill. And it all is coming to a head. She needs help.
Martha is the only person in the Bible I know who tells Jesus what to do! (Mind you, I said “in the Bible” because sometimes I find myself in a Martha moment.) Even His own Mother didn’t say to Him at the wedding in Cana, “Get these poor people some more wine!” She simply turns and tells the attendants to “Do whatever He tells you.” But Martha actually goes to Jesus, who is just relaxing, talking to His friends, and commands Him, “Lord, don’t you care? Tell my sister to help me!”
Jesus’ response is actually quite loving. He is trying to tell her that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches would be just fine; He doesn’t need a four-course meal. He just wants to spend time with her and His other friends and find nourishment for the soul as well as the body. Yep, PB&J with some chips would be just fine.
Are there some things that I am overdoing, that I could cut back on, to make more time to spend with my family/my friends/my Lord?
Lord Jesus, in the midst of all the stuff I have to do today, remind me to make time to just sit and be with You, listening to Your words. Amen.
Copyright 2017 Kelly Guest
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