In today’s Gospel reading (Luke 10:38-42), Jesus tells Martha:
Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.
We all know the situation: Jesus comes into town and Martha welcomes Him into her home and starts preparing to serve Him, while her sister, Mary, sits at His feet. Marth gets upset because she’s doing all the work to get things ready while Mary just sits with Jesus. Jesus assures her that what Mary is doing (being with Jesus) is much more important than what Martha was doing (worrying about getting everything done). Getting things done has its place, mind you, but if you had Jesus in your house for a short visit, would it be better to spend time with Him, or leave Him in the living room while you make some food?
This got me thinking . . . Jesus is with me for such a short while every day “under my roof.” Every day, I have Him right inside my body after receiving Holy Communion at Mass, yet so often my mind, instead of focussing on spending time with my Lord, Who is in my stomach, trails off on thoughts of what needs to get done that day or other worries I have. How sad! I can just hear Jesus lovingly calling me to a better union with Him: “Casey, Casey, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Focusing on Me is the better part, and it will not be taken away from you. If you remain faithful to Me, you will be with Me forever.”
Trying to focus more on Jesus and less on my worries,