(The Way of Perfection, Chapter 17-18)
"As they continued their journey he
entered a village where a woman whose name
was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister
named Mary (who) sat beside the Lord at his
feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened
with much serving, came to him and said,
'Lord, do you not care that my sister has
left me by myself to do the serving? Tell
her to help me.' The Lord said to her in
reply, 'Martha, Martha, you are anxious and
worried about many things. There is need
of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better
part and it will not be taken from her."
Martha And Mary
Martha prepares the Master's meals,
In serving the hungry and poor;
Her sacrifice of self reveals,
Humility that will endure.
Martha accepts the call to serve,
As the role chose for her by grace.
His strength's held for her in reserve;
He provides and prepares her place.
Mary listens at the Lord's feet,
Forgetful of self and all things,
Not concerned with what they will eat
All enthralled with the King of kings.
Mary's called to be His presence
Of hope and faith in midst of pain
And doubt, and to share His essence
His love by which He will sustain.
Martha and Mary share the bread,
With the Lord at their daily meal:
With strength for work and prayer,
To pray and wash His feet, they kneel.
Prayer and service go hand-in-hand,
To serve the Lord as He has planned.
May we follow the Master's example in our
prayer and service to one another.
1. Luke 10:38-42
(c) Paul Buis, 2004