At the Feet of Jesus

Luke 10: 38-42
Gal 1:13-24 / Ps 139

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.
(Luke 10:41-42)

To know God’s Will’s our lifelong goal,
By daily reading of His Word.
It frees our mind, eases our soul,
Listening at the feet of the Lord.

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, He came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” But Jesus answered, “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.” (Luke 10:38-42)

Reflection

As the Lord and His apostles passed by the village of Bethany, they were welcomed in the house of Lazarus and his sisters Martha and Mary. While Martha hustled up some refreshments in the kitchen, her sister Mary decided to sit at the Lord’s feet to listen to His teachings. With the burden of preparing food for so many visitors upon her, Martha complained to Jesus to send Mary to help her. But the Lord admonished her instead, that Mary had chosen the more important option which Martha had ignored. And we remember the Master’s words: “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)

There are many things today that should cause us to be anxious and worried. Hardly any economic or political indicator can give us reason to feel optimistic. First, the price of oil (upon which 70% of all our power requirements is based) has reached the highest level in 10 years, and shows no indication of going down. The trade wars of the US against China and Russia have affected the much needed foreign investments in our country. It has not helped that we have lost sympathy from traditional allies because of a brash president. In the national scene, the situation is even bleaker. Our government is fast losing credibility as prices of commodities keep on rising. 20% of our national budget is allocated just to pay the interest portion of our nation’s debts, and the government is still keen on borrowing heavily just to sustain its infrastructure needs. Unemployment is second only to crime and corruption as the major reasons for the brain drain in our country. Meanwhile, vigilante killings continue, even as the country’s drug abuse problem worsen. Graft and crimes against persons and properties continue to defy the rule of law.

So, are we to worry and be anxious about the quality of life in our country today? No. Because worrying and being anxious about our problems will never solve them, and may only exacerbate the situation by putting us under stress, leading to stroke, heart disease or cancer. What we need is to maintain a positive attitude by praying to God for guidance and discernment, fully trusting that He will see us through all these trials. “Listen at His feet” (like Mary), by reading the Bible often, and receive the sense of peace and confidence that only He can give. But (like Martha) we also need to work harder and more efficiently, and with faith in God, be confident that we will overcome our problems.

Trusting in Your mercy, Father God, we shall work to succeed without fear or anxiety. Amen.

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