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St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter

  "But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her."

                                 Luke 20:36-37


Scripture Lessons:

Amos 8:1-12
Psalm 52
Colossians 1:15-28
Luke 10:38-42

 

 


Prayer
of the Day (based on Col. 1:15-28 and Luke 10:25-37)

Creator God, we give you thanks for the icon of the universe, Jesus Christ, your Son--firstborn of all creation, through whom you created all things and provided salvation for all humanity.  Teach us to hold fast to the mystery that Christ dwells within us so that we may grow increasingly in your image.

Savior God help us understand with Mary and Martha how to live in the intricate balance between faith and works, being and doing, being nourished and serving others. In all things present and all things to come we trust your leading in all our ways, through the Spirit of Christ who dwells in us now and forevermore. Amen.

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Focus on Christ
Luke 10:38-42
Rev. F. Schaefer

Reading the story of Martha and Mary makes you wonder what is going on. Martha, after all, has invited Jesus into her home. So, isn’t it common curtsey to provide a guest with food and care? Yes it is. In fact, Martha has a very good point when she complains about Mary not helping her out. After all, Martha is serving Jesus. What more can you do? She is serving the Lord himself. And yet, Jesus commends Mary over Martha, for just sitting at his feet.

On first reading, the story doesn’t make a whole lot of sense; so we need to dig a little bit deeper to see what's going on here. Let's see: Jesus is saying "there is need of only one thing." What thing? What is that one thing Mary had or was doing that Martha didn't?

O.k. so Martha was doing her thing in the kitchen and the dining room, what was Mary doing? She sat at the table with Jesus and the disciples; eating, drinking; enjoying the fellowship, listening to Jesus; perhaps asking him questions.

If that's the "one thing that is needed" then that's not very difficult to do is it? To be honest with you, I would much rather be in the dining room with Jesus and the disciples than in the kitchen and serving people. Does that mean that I am already on a higher spiritual plane? I don't know.

Some scholars suggested that here in the story of Martha and Mary we have a display of two different kinds of spiritual paths--service and devotion. Like Martha, some people feel most fulfilled spiritually if they can do things for God and for others. On the other hand, like Mary, some people feel most fulfilled spiritually if they can study the bible or spend time in prayer--do devotions...

...Other scholars suggested that perhaps there is a women's liberation message here. For in first century Judea, women were not supposed to sit in the company of rabies and their disciples. When I say sit, I actually mean recline on the ground in front of a table that was this high. On top of that, women were not supposed to talk theology, that was a man's thing. Women were to be concerned with matters of hospitality...

....Here is what I think. First, Jesus is not saying that Martha is doing anything wrong by serving him. What he points to is Martha's state of mind....Subscribers: click here for the full sermon and more

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