Mary of Bethany, The sister of Martha and Lazarus
Be still and know I am God. (Psalm 46:10)
I chose Mary because she is my model for this part of my personal faith journey.
I am a “Martha”, always busy, doing something that feels urgent like getting dinner or doing laundry … when most times I should be a “Mary” sitting at Jesus’s feet, listening.
Mary is central to two bible stories. I want to focus on Luke’s gospel. We hear of Mary being, in her sister Martha’s opinion, a bad sister. Jesus came to their home and, instead of helping Martha play the host, Mary sat at Jesus’s feet. Jesus tells Martha “few things are needed—or indeed only one”. Mary is right to sit and listen.
John 3:16 reminds us, “God so loved the world he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” The busyness of our lives sometimes needs to be put into perspective, so we can sit at Jesus’s feet listening.
Few things are NEEDED or indeed only one.
Monica Fisher, Dundas.