A common question that runs in Chrisitan circles is: “Are you a Martha or a Mary?” I have attended many talks centered around the idea that we all need a little bit of both. Both a serving heart and a loving heart are necessary.
Personally, I tend to lean more toward the contemplative nature of Mary but I recognize that the importance of striving to be a Martha is necessary to properly serve God and His people. And it is so important. We always need to recognize those who serve, especially those who serve with the utmost humility.
Around the holiday season, I am increasingly reminded of the story of Mary and Martha in the Gospel. Martha grows impatient with her sister as she bustles around the kitchen, preparing food and making things nice for her guests. Meanwhile, Mary sits at the feet of Jesus, listening to what He says, being near to Him, loving Him.
In our modern world, especially around the holidays, being a Martha seems to be held to a higher esteem, or at least the more “practical” option. The one with the spectacular Thanksgiving menu, flawless decorations and Instagram-worthy spread are considered the “goal” of the holiday season.
But while Martha’s breathe a sigh of relief while they dry the last dish, Mary’s memories of the holidays are a bit different.
Is it about the serving, or is it something else that makes holiday memories stand out?
Being with one another, talking, conversing, sharing. A laugh and a piece of pumpkin pie….and maybe while drying the last dish, together.
As we gather around the table to give thanks, let us remember that amidst all the serving, the hustle, and bustle, we must also take time to sit, dwell and be present to those we love.
By: Elizabeth Clyons, Communications Associate for the Diocese of Bridgeport