Faith is a hard thing to come by. It is a constant work in progress. Sometimes in our frustration our faith is encumbered and our ability to be with God becomes that more difficult. I think we all suffer through this ebb and flow with dealing with our faith in God. It is not like we cut God out completely, it is that we allow ourselves to focus on the distractions of life that we no longer put our trust in Him to lead us in His path. I think we forget that we are in the passenger seat, and God wants to be our chauffeur. However, it is hard to give up that sense of control. And, that is where our faith is most tested.
Be honest, we all want good things and to be happy. The truth is our happiest and fulfillment comes from our faith. If it is strong, we can conquer the obstacles that come in our way and we fight through our struggles. If it is weak, we often complain and like kids we whine about it. Faith is something we earn not something that is given. It takes practice and dedication to build our faith up to where its ability can move mountains. If our body needs exercise to thrive and remain healthy, likewise our hearts and souls need faith to fuel us for victory against evil and injustice.
In today’s Gospel, we learn about hospitality and openness. We learn that Jesus visits the home of Martha and Mary. Martha is annoyed at her sister, Mary, for sitting and listening to Jesus speak instead of helping her with the duties of welcoming a special guest. This Gospel shows us how Jesus is inclusive of everyone and open to all, which is something we are still striving for today. We also learn the importance of Jesus’ words and how our faith in Him needs to be strong.
Luke 10:40-42 states, “Martha burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her is reply, “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.”
I think we all feel like Martha at times. Our lives demand a lot just to keep going for our sake and the sake of our families. But, is that focus on dealing with life instead of keeping our focus on God that tests our faith. God wants all of us, not half of us or just piece of us. He wants us entirely to himself. Will our faith be strong enough to give up ourselves for his glory?
The time to choose “the better part” is now. We need to choose God in everything we do. Only then will our hearts and souls be finally open for business and our anxiety and worries will go away.