I watch the social media commentaries on the Sunday Mass readings fairly closely. Every week I notice a few good thoughts, and at Christmas and Easter there are naturally a few more reflections. But today’s Martha and Mary Gospel seemed to go a bit viral with some great inspirations based on this well known passage.
Many parishioners think it is a bit unfair that Jesus seems to criticise the one who is preparing his meal. What would happen if the dinner-plate remained empty?
As I heard the Gospel read this morning it moved me more deeply than usual. While Martha was worried and anxious about many things, and especially concerned that Mary was doing little to help her to prepare the food for the meal, I thought of myself. I have another major exam tomorrow, and to be honest I am feeling a bit anxious. These are the final exams of my studies and I want to do well, but I have to admit that it is difficult to retain a balanced perspective in the midst of so much information, and and with my ageing mind. As I said to another student yesterday, if we fail God will still love us so what are we worried about!
As I heard today’s reading I was touched by two great facts, and in the other reflections that I have read I have not seen these two thoughts.
Firstly, when Jesus arrived, it was Martha who went out to welcome Jesus. What a wonderful opening – Martha welcomed Jesus.
And secondly both Martha and Mary are saints, now sharing the fulness of God’s life where there is no worrying or anxiety.
This helps me to keep perspective for this week’s exams. I will keep welcoming Jesus into my life, and especially into my worries and anxieties every hour of this week. And in a few decades, with my desire and God’s generosity, I will be with Jesus in eternal happiness in the company of Martha and Mary.
There is nothing greater for me to long for, and whether I get a pass or a fail grade this week will not affect my salvation at all.
Thanks be to God!