Happy Monday All!
I was reading this morning about Saint Martha, as it is her Feast Day. I am so thankful for my Magificat Subscription here in Italy. It’s a little slice of Heaven. I glean so much from my conversations with God that almost always come from the daily readings.
Anyway — A Part of One of the prayers in the Magnificat was this:
You have called some to the service of work and some to the service of prayer: grant us mutual respect and support as we seek to further your kingdom.
You have called some to serve in public ways and some to serve in the privacy of the home: keep us all faithful to the tasks you have given us.
You have called some to serve in active ways and some to serve by suffering: Sustain us all in faith, hope, and love.
I love the reminder to serve in the ways God calls us to serve and be Faithful to Him in our service. I also love the reminder not to, say, judge others for serving differently… because if they are being faithful to God, it’s none of our business (my interpretation). I don’t know what it is about human nature that causes us to ask about why other people do or don’t do things. Truly – it’s none of our business.
There was a time in my life I was more Martha than Mary. But as I’ve matured, I understand I need to balance my natural affinity to serve all the people and do all the work like Martha does, by ramping up my prayer and contemplative life as Mary would have. But my natural instinct is Martha – all the way. And I think we all have seasons of doing and seasons of suffering/praying, etc. In the end it’s all DOING something, just not physically serving. You know?
There are many others. I hope you enjoy them.
As women we really need to give ourselves and others the grace and support to live out the seasons of life we are walking through. I love discovering the peace of Mary, whilst still being able to host an event like a champ, you know? I am learning to give myself the grace of not doing something every moment of every day. Where are you in the Martha-Mary conundrum? I’d love to hear.
Saint Martha – Pray for us! That we may strike a balance between service and prayerful contemplation that is pleasing to the Lord. Amen!
Until next time, sweet readers.
Love, Hugs & Blessings,