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.’


Martha welcomed Jesus into her home.  “But she was distracted by her many tasks.”  We, too, welcome Jesus into our homes.  But so often we too are distracted by a great many things, and so do not hear the quiet whisperings of God: in nature, in silence, in another person, in the Word, in the depths of our hearts, and so do not receive the only nourishment we need.  “One thing only is needed,” Christ tells us.  How is it we convince ourselves otherwise?  “The seed that falls among thorns are those who hear the word, but the cares and riches and pleasures of life choke it off.” (Luke 8.14)

God speaks to us constantly.  But we have to leave our worries and distractions behind, and sit quietly at his feet and listen to him.  Only then will we receive the better part, and the promise that it will not be taken from us.  Only then will we produce fruit with patient endurance. (Luke 8.15)

A prayer

O Jesus, reach out your hand and still my anxious soul.  Settle me down at your feet.  Give me your light, I am in darkness.  You are all I need.  I was made to hear you.  Don’t let me be separated from you again.  Although I am weak and will again drift, I know that you are faithful.  You will always bring me back.  You will not fail, though I do.  You are faithful unto eternity, and I commend myself to your care.