“Martha, Martha, you worry and are troubled about many things.”Martha and Mary are the customary images used to un- derline the active and the con- templative dimensions of life. Martha is the personification of action in the world and Mary is attention to the Lord. The evan- gelist Luke recounts this occa- sion of Jesus’visit to the sisters to impart an important lesson we all need to learn: it is necessary to cultivate a healthy balance between a time to move about with our busy schedules and a time to sit at the foot of Jesus. The Church does not discourage us from attending to the many concerns and worries of life. We need to work, and work over- time if we must, to earn for our needs and meet the demands of our families. But we too need to learn to stop and spend time with the Lord in prayer before we run out of time and realizing too late that we have failed to see “the better part”.
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