“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. 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!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[aMary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42
Peace and all good! Three years ago, on Holy Thursday, I had to have major surgery. From that, I had to stay home for six weeks. No working, no house cleaning, no gardening…..you get my point. If you see yourself as a ‘Martha,’ you get my frustration during this time off. I would pray and ask God what He wanted from me and how my present state, sitting in front of the TV, was doing anything for the Kingdom of Heaven. He told me to rest. I can honestly say for the last three weeks of my recovery, I really became a ‘Mary.’ It was a new experience for me and when I had to go back to work, I longed to remain ‘at His feet.’
This summer, God has again called me to rest. It has been difficult, as my new health has me wanting to do so much…..thank God for a healthy body. Yet, He continues to call me to rest. So, why tell you all this when I should be speaking about the youth? I have heard it said, no amount of sleep can help you if it is your soul that is tired. You see my brothers and sisters, we all must have ‘Mary’ times in our lives. How can we rejuvenate and evangelize if we do not find time to allow God to prune us and prepare us for the next part of His plan. St. Francis wrote a rule for hermits where he envisioned the brothers would be recharged by getting away from everyone and everything. He stated that two would be ‘Martha-like’ and prepare food etc… while two would be present to God and sit at the feet of the Master to pray and listen. We often need permission to just be, to deactivate and listen to God and not try to be productive. I do believe now that I am meant to be in a time of rest, even though I am still trying to find the usefulness in it. What lessons should I be learning, what prayers should I be praying? Sorry, ‘Martha’ cut in… J I am called and I am sure many of you are being called to just be. Be in His presence, sit at His feet and listen and know that it is OK to rest and still be working for the Kingdom of God. This is a time of great growth and blessing. Let God do His work, so later, we can do ours.
May God bless you throughout this summer season. May the light of His love carry you through the growth you need to better work with those around you. May God bless you always and in all ways.