Have you ever heard of the story of Martha the busy and Mary the attentive? Reading a blog post titled, “Why Bother With Jesus” reminded me of this eye-opening story. If you haven’t heard of it or read it yet, here it is:
Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.”But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
Take a look at yourself today. Are you being a “Martha?” Is your life becoming too cumbersome because of all the things that you believe you need to do for the Lord? Is it becoming too crowded that you barely have time to listen intently to Jesus? Yes, the Lord needs us to do things for the completion of his work here on earth, but he does not want us to be so caught up with our duties that we lose sight of the most important things–building a relationship with God.
Leave all your cares behind and take a break at the foot of Jesus today. Building a relationship with God is the most important thing we can remember to do as Catholics.