…..from your Pastor’s Desk:
DON’T BE ANXIOUS
In the prayers we used to use for mass until a few years back – we prayed each day that we would be “Protected from all Anxiety”. Quite a task. Truly a request only God could answer. Much more than ‘Don’t Worry – Be Happy” [I must admit I loved that song when it was popular and still find myself singing it sometimes!]. And although it seems that we do need some tension in our lives for productive growth – too often we just ‘worry’ too much, and are NOT happy.
One can wonder how Luke‘s Gospel passage today might have been different if Mary, not Martha, had been the one to complain to Jesus, if Mary had said ― “Lord, look at her! Here you are sharing your wisdom and all she can think about is supper.” Jesus may have noted, as Luke does, that Martha was burdened with much serving. Later in his writings, this same evangelist will describe in Acts how the early community set aside people whose ministry it is to see to the serving at table.
As a fully human person, Jesus knew the human needs that had to be tended. He doesn‘t deny this, nor does He chastise Martha for her working in service [I am pretty sure they all enjoyed the delicious lunch she made!] He chides her for being anxious and worried. How can Martha—or any of us—be anxious or worried about the serving that needs to be done when we do it in the context of the Lord‘s will and wisdom?
We need be assured we will have what we need, when we need it, in response to His call to service. And remember – in whatsoever we do for the least of God’s people – we do not do it alone. Like some of you, I have traveled far and wide and seen the work of the Lord in both foreign and domestic lands. The Church has done more than any other institution to bear the heavy burdens of serving the ill, the uneducated, the suffering; She/we have been and are ― Martha to countless of the little ones whom Christ told us were his very presence.
But also, the Church has borne the burdens of service from the position of Mary: at the feet of the Lord, listening to and being guided by his word. What the Lord offers is the best of both worlds. We might then, modify that prayer to “Lord, protect us from all UNDUE anxiety”….. And, He is HAPPY to do so!