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October 04

Luke 10, 41-42

Something to read

41 But the Lord answered her, `Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42 there is need of only one thing, Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.'

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Something to think about

I am always intrigued how people answer their doors; there are those who fling their doors wide open, whilst others talk around a slightly opened door. 

Martha obviously had a very open home. 

Jesus plus twelve disciples had arrived. It was probably a small house with a cramped food preparation area which had limited food stock, and Martha wanted to make her best meal ever for this special rabbi. Surely we all empathise with Martha as she struggles to feed 13 hungry men whilst Mary sits at Jesus’ feet listening.

How often have we entertained and at the end of the evening have realised that we had been more concerned about the soufflé than our guests? The ‘worry and distraction’ [v41] took away from the importance of the moment.

Perhaps this challenges us to focus on our guest when we entertain, whilst still caring for their needs.

Always remember, food tastes better when it is shared with someone, therefore relating and conversing is part of a good meal.

Something to do

Invite some one, who you have never had round before, to a meal or just cup of coffee in your home. 
If it’s a meal, make sure it is easy to prepare and serve on the day.
Before they arrive, pray about the time together. 
Enjoy your time with them.

Something to pray

Reflect on these lines:

Christ is the head of this house,
The unseen guest at every meal,
The silent listener to every conversation.

Now go and live in that knowledge.

Today's contributor is The Rev Frazer Hawkes, a retired Methodist minister, who is a volunteer with Christian Aid's London and South East team.

 

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