Awhile back, the angels encouraged me to write on the Gospels for Sunday. With Love and Gratitude, here is the Gospel of Luke 10:38-42. With a loving angel guided message behind it.
Jesus 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.”
Jesus often made a home in Bethany at the residence of Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus. Jesus is friend as well as Rabbi to these siblings. Martha assumes the role of host and head of household when it is “she ” who welcomes Jesus.
Luke wants to make a statement regarding discipleship and for him, the first step is to listen. Jesus has brought the Word of Life and Martha, in her busyness is going to miss it.
Mary on the other hand, has remarkably assumed the posture of the disciple, sitting at the feet of the Lord and “listening” to what he is saying. Mary breaks a double “taboo” – leaving the kitchen where she “belonged” and sitting at a Rabbi’s feet, a place reserved for men, not women. Yet, it is this posture that Jesus affirms. Jesus clearly loves both these women and his repetition of Martha’s name signals his warm affection. It’s not her work, but her disquiet that he points out to her, and approves Mary’s decision to listen at his feet.
Discipleship requires focus, a wakeful attentiveness that can be achieved only by a peaceful heart. Mary has found it at Jesus’ feet. Ecclesiastes says there is a time for everything- to prepare a meal, and when Jesus speaks, a time to listen. [see reference]
The angels affirm that “Jesus has the Words of Everlasting Life. The Gospels are written so all generations can know the Works and Word of God and Jesus. Loving God and Jesus His Son are important for all. God loves His people, and sends His Works through HIs Son Jesus. Jesus asks all to listen to his Words and act upon them- in that , you are glorifying the One who sent Him.” ~ the Angels
In Jesus’s Name
Reference- The Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers and Proclaimers of the Word 2016