The table is set.

Reflecting on two sisters: Martha and Mary

“The Lord and his disciples were traveling along and came to a village. When they got there, a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat down in front of the Lord and was listening to what he said. Martha was worried about all that had to be done. Finally, she went to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it bother you that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to come and help me!” The Lord answered, “Martha, Martha! You are worried and upset about so many things, but only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen what is best, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:38–42

Where Jesus is invited as guest he often becomes the host. And we have much to learn from him.

Like Mary, some of us may err on the contemplative side of spirituality. We are content to sit and listen.

Or perhaps like Martha, we go immediately to where the action is. And we wonder why everyone seems oblivious to the amount of stuff to be done. We thank Jesus for his table talk but find ourselves itching to get to work.

Contemplation and action. Wonder and work.

And it seems like we often get stuck in this middle ground of believing one is more important than the other: “Lord doesn’t it bother you…tell her to come help.”

Jesus will not give into this request. We have an agenda. Jesus has his.

He doesn’t scold Martha for her activity. No, He points to what’s at hand. The present.

Don’t miss The Presence.

He’s here. Now.

And He’s prepared a table for you, whether you like to sit or stand. And he’s ready to host be your host.

And if we stay with him long enough, he’ll show us how to serve him and a world in need. He’ll show us to sit at the table and hear Him speaking through one another.

The most important thing is to stay alert to Jesus…


Mediation: The table is set. Jesus is here.