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Weekly Liturgy : July 11-17

Luke 10:38-42

Martha and Mary

Martha and Mary. Cara B Hochhalter. 2019.
Martha and Mary. Cara B Hochhalter. 2019.


Luke 10:38-42

(Contemporary English Version)

38-40 Jesus and his disciples were traveling along and came to a village. When they got there, a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat down in front of the Lord and was listening to what he said. Martha was worried about all that had to be done. Finally, she went to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn't it bother you that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to come and help me!”

41-42 The Lord answered, “Martha, Martha! You are worried and upset about so many things, but only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen what is best, and it will not be taken away from her.”



Nothing happens in this life without action, without getting up and doing the work that needs to be done.

But when our sense of value is defined only by our doing, it is easy to lose sight of our priorities and begin judging others who aren't doing as much as us.

All action must come with contemplation. We need spaces for reflection and centering in order to be healthy humans. Otherwise, our doing will only burn us out, leading us back into rivalry and scarcity.

The invitation from Jesus in this text is to slow down, and be.



Outward Mindset Application Think of something you could learn from your supervisor in order to better fulfill your responsibilities and then ask your supervisor for advice or guidance in that area.

Pathways Toward Centeredness When you find yourself stressed this week, spend 5 minutes focusing on the rhythm of your breath.

Questions for Consideration What is the most restful place or space you have experienced? Sometimes, it can feel dangerous to sit with our thoughts and follow where they lead. If this is your experience, can you identify things that make it more safe?

Many of our reflections on each week's text come from other sources. If you're interested in reading more of what inspires us, here our our two favorite reflections.


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