Every day we are faced with the choice to be more like Martha or more like Mary.
This is one of the most amazing things about Christianity.
- God respects our freedom so much that, in a sense, he leaves our destiny in our own hands.
- We can freely choose our priorities in life.
- We can make our own achievements our highest priority, like Martha, or we can make knowing, loving, and imitating Christ our highest priority.
- Christ offers the benefits of following him to all people, but he leaves each person supremely free to accept or reject them.
And the offer is not a one-time affair.
- Martha chose to busy herself with her own plans on this occasion, but you can bet she adjusted her behavior thenext time.
- Mary chose to listen to the Lord this time, but he wouldn’t force her to do so again the next time.
- Every single time we choose to give Christ and his will priority in our lives, we allow his sanctifying, healing grace to seep deeper into our lives.
Perhaps today, we have all chosen to come and listen to the Lord.
- What will we choose tomorrow morning? Or the next day?
- Jesus is hoping that we will continue to choose this “better part“.
It isn’t hard.
- It’s a matter of spending ten minutes with him before getting distracted with the day’s activities.
- It could be ten minutes of reading and reflecting on a passage from the Bible or a paragraph from a book of Christian meditations.
- It could be praying a decade or two of the Rosary before we turn on the morning news show.
Jesus wants us to choose the better part, to depend more on him than ourselves, so that he can give us his best.
Today, let’s promise that we will.