Tuesday 6 October 2020

About Today Readings

St Bruno

Galatians 1:13-24. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way – Psalm 138(139):1-3, 13-15. Luke 10:38-42.

May we recognise when we need to slow down and listen

Martha is the busy hostess who welcomes Jesus. This is the role she has chosen, one she sees as important, and yet she is not happy. She is exhausted and resentful. Rather than simply enjoying the company of her guests, she projects the blame onto her sister, Mary. It’s a response we may find familiar: choosing to scapegoat rather than owning what we contribute to a situation. More problematic still, Martha expects her guest to fix the problem for her. But Jesus does not ‘tell’ Martha’s sister Mary to do anything. He observes that while Martha is ‘anxious and worried about many things’, Mary has ‘chosen the better part’, that of the listener. We don’t know what Martha said or did next. Perhaps she stormed off. Or maybe she calmed down, and – discerning the truth of her teacher’s words – joined her sister at his feet. May we recognise when we need to slow down and listen.

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