'But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.......' Luke 10 v 40
This week is Holy Week. Traditionally a time for reflection, contemplation and remembering what Jesus did for us at Calvary. But the sad reality is that busy lives, busy schedules leave little to no room for 'reflection' and 'contemplation' in our hectic 21st century lifestyle. Busy lives is not however limited to the 21st century. It's not a new phenomenon. We read about it right back in Jesus' day. Here we have the well known story of two sisters and Jesus has come to visit. Martha we read is bustling about, making meals, seeing to her guests, making sure there is enough of everything to go around. Mary on the other hand is sitting quietly at Jesus' feet. Martha is indignant. Let's paraphrase: 'I'm running around, working all hours, looking after everyone and all my sister is doing is sitting beside you. She's doing nothing. Don't you think, Jesus, it would be better if she helped me and then we could both sit down and listen to you?!' If you were Martha, you would fully have expected Jesus to suggest that Mary helps her sister then comes back to sit with him, but no. He knew the moment, He knew the hour, and in that moment, in that hour only one thing was important. It was important to sit at Jesus feet and listen to Him.
During this Holy Week, in spite of all the distractions, the work, the preparations for hosting family dinner on Sunday, take some time out to reflect, to contemplate and to sit and Jesus feet and hear what He is saying to you this Easter time.