Most of us are always in a rush day in and day out, week in and week out. We rush to work, we rush to get home, we rush to finish chores, we rush everything. We are just relentless in pursuing the tasks we face each day. While it is a good one to achieve our jobs and careers, one should find a way to pause for the “more” important elements in life.
In today’s Gospel (Lk. 10: 38-42),
entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a
sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at His feet listening to Him
speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to Him and said,
“Lord, do you not care that my
sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.”
The Lord said to her in reply,
“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.”
Martha was so driven by the tasks that she was really into completing it efficiently (sounds familiar?). In doing this, she became so burdened and anxious that she demanded to the Lord to tell her sister “to help” her. It was good that Jesus reacted as patient and as caring as He is and didn’t react like the way we do when we are confronted with the same situation. Instead, the Lord focused on the reason why Martha was upset. The Lord pointed out that “Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”
In the same degree even in our own service community, we are often guilty of the same thing. We become too worried about a lot of things, such that we also forget that what we’re doing is the Lord’s work. He knows when to bring in the harvest and when to stretch us in order to develop our patience. We must have to find a way to understand what is going on at the moment. We just have to learn how to trust Him more.
We hear of many people sacrificing time with loved ones and family for the purpose of earning more for them. It is a noble intention yes, but if in the process you miss providing the presence of a parent, a spouse, a sibling, etc., you miss the chance of being mindful of what is needed at the moment.
In the First Reading (Gn. 18: 1-10a), Abraham was quick to recognize the Lord appeared to him as he was sitting at the entrance of his tent. He even ran to greet them and bowed to the ground to invite them to experience his hospitality. He offered the three men water to bathe their feet, rest, food consisting of bread rolls, choice steer, curds and milk. He waited on them while they ate. Genuine service and humility in action.
When one is in prayer and in tune with God, he sees events and happenings better than others, and is usually given premonitions and warnings. He is more “in the zone” of God.
More often when I invite people to join a prayer afternoon, or a Holy Week recollection, I often hear the excuse, “I’m so busy I still have something to do”, or “I have to check something”. You see them spend so much time at work, 365 days a year. And yet there’s not really much on their plate, they’re just not maintaining a good balance in life. If you notice, we can get trapped working on things that are superficial — things that money can’t buy — and yet spend less time on the things that can’t be bought by money. We all need to work to provide for our families, but there should also be time spent for them, friends, exercise, health, relaxation, study, prayer and attending Church activities. We need to show others how we care, how we share, how we love, and more importantly, how we prioritize the Lord above all else.
This Sunday, let us pray that we may be able to discern well the decisions that we have to face. We pray that the Holy Spirit grant us the wisdom to choose the more important aspects. We pray that we maintain balance in our life.
“Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart and yield a harvest through perseverance.” (Lk. 8: 15)