St. Martha


“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10: 41-42)

Martha’s real problem was not overwork, it was anxiety. No amount of help would have changed that. Only listening to the Lord can set us free from useless worry.

The proper relationship with God and God’s reality puts all things in perspective, then our work becomes less burdensome.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11: 28-29)

Like Martha, I too have a list of people who ought to be of more help, including God. I place these anxieties and worries at God’s feet, then I listen.

“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

Martha and Mary, the active and the contemplative in each of us, must co-exist in proper relationship with the one Person necessary, then our real work can begin.


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