I was thinking about today’s Gospel and trying to really determine what lessons are to be drawn from this.
What is the problem with Martha? Was it because she was spending time preparing meals etc? I don’t think so. Firstly, it’s just common sense that preparing meals is a necessity. Afterall, she’s trying to look after Jesus. Secondly, Jesus could have stopped her much earlier and ask her to be with Mary. I think the problem with Martha is that she tried to compare herself to Mary and thinks that other people should also do what she is doing. As Jesus said, effectively she is trying to take the “better part” away from Mary. My opinion is that God has given us different roles to each one of us and I think we just need to respond to God’s call in whatever role we are given and do it best. But let’s not worry about what others are doing and get jealous and compare.
I think this message is throughout the Gospels. In the Prodigal Son story, again there was nothing wrong with the elder son staying at home and performing filial duties. Certainly God is not asking us to deliberately go out and squander money. However the problem with the elder son was he did his work grudgingly without love and sees it as “slaving” for his father. To top it off, he is jealous of his younger brother.
The same is with the story about the workers in the morning getting the same pay as the ones starting later. They got what they deserve but they were jealous of the others.
The moral from all of this to me is that we should simply concentrate on what we do and stop any unhealthy comparison with others.
I would welcome any thoughts and comments on this and share your wisdom with me.