Day 5 – A Month with Mary and Martha
“As Jesus and his disciples went on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.” Luke 10:38
You know, if Martha hadn’t opened her home to Jesus, Mary wouldn’t have had the chance to sit at his feet. Sure, Mary made a good choice to listen to Jesus teach. But that was a direct result of Martha’s choice to invite him in.
Today is Sunday, a Mary-day. The Sabbath was designed to be a time for us to sit at Jesus’ feet; to listen to his teaching; to set aside distractions and worries for awhile. For it to be possible for us to have a Mary-day, there has to be a lot of Martha-preparation. The janitor cleans, the secretary prints bulletins, the pastor writes a sermon, the musicians practice songs, the sound man checks the mics, teachers study the lessons, somebody makes coffee, somebody unlocks the doors and turn on the lights, somebody prays. Mary-days just don’t happen without Martha-preparation. The key lies in the first three letters of that word.
Pre: a prefix meaning prior to, in advance of, beforehand. So, preparations are supposed to be done beforehand. Imagine the janitor vacuuming the sanctuary during the opening prayer; or the secretary printing bulletins during the praise singing; or the musicians having to start over several times. Imagine a pastor stopping during his sermon and saying, “Excuse me folks, I’ll be right back. Hold tight while I run into my office to write the end of this message.”
Martha was doing the right things, just at the wrong time.
Lesson to be learned: When Jesus shows up, leave the dishes in the sink.