Jonah was a reluctant prophet. When he finally performed the task that God had for him – to preach repentance to Nineveh – it paid off. The people repented and God relented in his punishment of the great city. Today’s Gospel reading is the story of Martha and Mary from Luke 10.
Jesus has come to the house of Martha and her sister Mary. Martha is feeling the burden of all the serving, while her sister is sitting at the feet of the Lord listening to Him speak. So Martha says to Jesus, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” But Jesus does no such thing. Jesus says, “Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”
This story often reminds me of the old 80/20 Rule: Eighty percent of the work is done by twenty percent of the people. This holds true for companies, organizations, churches…just about everything. The twenty percent of the people doing eighty percent of the work can often experience burnout. That’s when they need to take a Mary Moment. Take some time to relax, to just spend time with Jesus. And don’t feel guilty about it! Work will still get done and life will go on. Find time for a Mary Moment today.
Father, help us to relax. May our Mary Moment refresh and renew us today. Amen.
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