Martha Complex

We all know the story of Martha and Mary (in Luke 10).  And I’m willing to guess that we are all prone to Martha’s distracted busy-ness.  After all, our culture prizes sparkling clean and non-leaking houses, delicious home-grilled meals, well-polished children /furniture, and a DIY attitude.  “MORE DOING!” the ads, magazines, pinterest, and in-laws push us.  Our society values a checked-off to-do list.  And if we didn’t do the laundry, cooking, mowing, scrapbooking, repairing, etc., it wouldn’t get done, right?  I mean, who would have cooked dinner for all those dusty disciples? So, yes, to a certain extent we must fill our hours with chores. 

So, how can we be more like Mary at Jesus’ feet than Martha bustling around the kitchen?   One idea is to shift our focus from the chore itself to the LORD Himself: I propose that we say Our Fathers while carpooling, sing along to Christian music while folding towels, listen to Christian radio or podcasts while painting, and talk to Jesus while scraping gunk off the refrigerator shelf.  I also suggest that we make a habit of questioning those (ourselves?) who push us to DO, DO, DO.  Sometimes simply asking, “But why?” is enough to bring us to the feet of Jesus, where we, like Mary, can choose the better part.

Your Pickle,
Marian Bart
Parish Catechetical Leader