Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 8, A.D. 2002
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"There is need of only one thing . . ." (Luke 10:42)
How often do we hear that we are all Marthas, busy about the business of
the world -- care-worn, concerned and utterly lost in our selves. If
only that were true. I suspect that most of us are a good deal more
caught up in the busyness of the world that performs no real function.
At least Martha was concerned about hospitality. She wished to make her
valued guest feel important. She was bothered because the entire burden
of hospitality seemed to be placed upon her. But the reality that Jesus
reveals is that they need not wait upon Him. He is there for them, and
simply waiting and listening is the hospitality He seeks.
How many of us are busy as Martha is busy? Really. How many of us create
our own artificial busyness so that we won't be trapped into listening
to the Lord. See, there is the problem. We escort kids from ballet, to
soccer match, to 4-H, to art, to piano lessons, to whatever else and we
keep ourselves in an endless round of busyness.
Give yourself a break in the next week or so, take the better part. Sit
down for half and hour. Pick up your Bible and visit with the Lord. No,
don't jabber at Him, simply listen to what He has to say to you. If you
start doing it (and you may already have) you'll discover that you never
want to stop.
- JuandelaCruz, TOCarm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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