Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
Like many of you, I’m incredibly busy.
Raising four children, trying to run a household, working, exercising, homeschooling ….. it makes me tired just reading it.
Whenever I hear of anyone speak of Saint Martha, I smile. I’ve so often been in her shoes, at birthday parties and baby showers, buzzing around like a crazy woman, trying to get everything done. I’m so busy, I FORGET to take time to enjoy the celebrations and the people I love.
My friend Lisa from The Practicing Catholic reminds us that it wasn’t Martha’s busyness that was a problem. The issue is her mode.
We can be busy, no doubt. The challenge is taking moments within that flurry of activity to think and to be thankful.
Compliments of Catholic.org
Saint Martha, pray for us that we might serve Jesus better. Help us to overcome our distractions and worries to listen to his words and be present to him this day. Amen
And, for those of you who stopped by last week, I have to apologize. I was a dork. I featured Saint Paul – thinking his feast day was last week on the 25th. Nope — it’s Saint James. I’ll give him his well deserved credit next week.
Up this week is Saint Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. After a brief career as a Spanish soldier, he dedicated himself to reading about the saints. He traveled and studied throughout universities, ending up in Paris, finishing his degree at 43. (now I don’t feel so bad about my unfinished bachelor’s degree!) There, he attracted followers including St Francis Xavier, and began the Society of Jesus. This band of brothers has supplied our Church with 38 saints and 38 who have been declared Blessed.
While researching, I came across this Fun Fact for Kids of Saint Ignatuis. These would be perfect for making saints cards for your children. You could print them on cardstock, laminate them, and put them on a ring, or in a small photo album.
Are you like me, and act a lot like Martha? Or like Saint Ignatius, a soldier of the Christian faith? Be sure and drop me a line in the comment box.
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