Wednesday, July 8th Luke 10:38-42

“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

A seminary professor of mine once began class by inviting all of his students to describe themselves. Among the descriptions he was looking for was their favorite childhood story. Mine was the one about the ugly duckling. His was the lazy field mouse.

The story of the lazy field mouse tells of how all of the industrious field mice spent their entire summer preparing for the winter. They gathered up food, they shored up the walls of their homes. All summer long, morning until night, they worked to prepare for the winter.

But the lazy field mouse didn’t work. The lazy field mouse spent his summer playing in the grass, laying out on a rock in the hot sun, marveling at the sights of the rising and setting sun.

When winter came, all of the field mice had nice warm homes in which to live and plenty of food to last them all winter long. All except the lazy field mouse. He had no warm home and no food to eat. But he did have stories to tell.

So he went from house to house. The other mice would invite him in. They gave him shelter and food while he told his stories. He described the glories of a summer day. He told them of the colors of the rising and setting sun. And they were grateful for his stories.

There is a place in life to be a Martha and there is a place in life to be a Mary. It is so easy to be worried and distracted by many things. The older we get, the more the worries pile on. And there are so many voices that echo in our head that shame us for the “Mary times” in our lives…. don’t be lazy… don’t lay on the couch in the middle of the day… don’t forget to do your chores!

But now there is one more voice that speaks to us. This voice tells us “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.” It is the same voice that tells us that the sabbath was made for man and not the other way around.

Let us pray: Dear Jesus, may we find our rest in you each day. In the midst of our busyness and all of our distractions, may we, like Mary, find a place at your feet and hear again the story which gives us lives that make sense. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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