Monday, July 11, 2016

Martha's two answers

Martha's two answers

He asked her:
Who are you..?
She paused for reflection
mid her kitchen chores
only slowly responding:
I am Martha
the Martha you know..
Her eyes spoke of more
of wishing to depart..
Of deeper fears in
a world's seeming dark..
So he asked her again
the question as before
and her answer appeared
in his gaze this time and in
 the question he asked:
Not Martha..not Mary..
Most clearly I know 
in silence and grace
 Who am I...

Luke 10:38-42     (NRSV)

Jesus Visits Martha and Mary

38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42 there is need of only one thing.[a] Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”

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