We are busy, each of us, and together we all of us are doing various things in our congregations, but all of that holy activities, church busyness and business, may carry and keep us from the Holy One. If we are not careful, we will be like Martha in the kitchen - doing so many things for Jesus, so we suppose, that we do not have time to be with Jesus. We will not be alert to what Jesus is already at work doing for, in and among us - and we may wind up estranged from our brothers and sisters.
In Lent, we purpose to come out of the kitchen and sit at the feet of Jesus.
Scripture: Luke 10:38-42 (Easy to Read Version)
While Jesus and his followers were traveling, he went into a town, and a woman named Martha let him stay at her house. She had a sister named Mary. Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to him teach. But her sister Martha was busy doing all the work that had to be done. Martha went in and said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are getting worried and upset about too many things. Only one thing is important. Mary has made the right choice, and it will never be taken away from her.”
There really isn't a time when this message is not something I need to hear, but I find it helpful today, especially since I'm starting out my Friday morning, a day that is supposed to be my sabbath day, with a list of things I need to do and doubt in my mind as to whether or not I can get them all done. I'm planning to go and visit my sister and her family tomorrow and already I'm thinking of bailing out - because I'm so busy.
Again, this is what I appreciate about the Lenten season: being challenged to slow down and take time for prayer and meditation, to examine my heart and life and draw closer to God. That's not always easy to do. We think that we will somehow feel better when we mark things off the to-do list, and then we'll be able to take that time without those worries. But we all know that for every one thing we cross from the list, two or three more are added. That's why the walk of faith is and has to be a discipline. We, like Mary, must choose to sit at Jesus feet from time to time. Personally, I don't think that just our personal prayer and reflection time covers that. I need the community of others taking time to sit at Jesus' feet together, learning together, and worshiping together. I hope you will choose to make Worship a part of your Lenten discipline. Let's not be too busy for that.