Today's Lectionary Text
Luke 10:38-42Now 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.”
Our little container garden fared much better this year than last. We have had a great Summer with grape tomatoes and sweet peppers alongside our basil and mint. Our cucumbers … not so much. That potentially could be due to the fact that Cooper, our English Mastiff, likes to munch on the leaves as he walks by.
But our okra plant is just now starting to produce. YAY!! Our flower beds have grown and bloomed and have attracted numerous bees and butterflies, which we are thrilled about. Our indoor and outdoor house plants have survived, and some have even thrived. We are feeling pretty good about ourselves right now.
A few weeks ago, one of our indoor plants gave us this little guy as a surprise. It’s curious since this plant has never been outside at our house, isn’t next to any other plants and this is not the typical flower from this type of plant. The really curious and cool thing is how this little guy found his way right up to the window and to the sun, even though the plant already sits in front of the window in the sunlight. He knew that he needed the sun to survive and to thrive and he was determined to find it and get as close as he could.
And then, once he found it, he just perched himself on the windowsill looking out at the world and soaking in the sun.
It was a good little reminder of our need for the sun and the essential vitamin D that it provides our bodies, but also a special reminder of our need for the Son.
There is a story about two sisters in Luke 10:38-42 that most of us are familiar with: “As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But all the preparations that had to be made distracted Martha. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’ ‘Martha, Martha’, the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’”
This story is a good reminder that there are, indeed, important things that need to be done and that Martha’s work was and is necessary. However, because of the crazy busy and chaotic world we live in, perhaps more than ever, we, like Mary, need to find our way to Jesus, perch ourselves at His feet and just soak in the Son.
He is essential for our soul.
Director of Youth Ministries
Wichita East Heights UMC
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