Focus on Jesus
The Webster’s New World dictionary defines anxiety as: “a state of being uneasy, apprehensive, or worried about what may happen,” and it defines worry as: “to feel distressed in the mind, be anxious, troubled or uneasy.” In the gospel for this Sunday Jesus says to Martha, “you are anxious and worried about many things. There is only need of one thing. Mary has chosen the better part.”
Martha was anxious and worried that insufficient hospitality was being offered to their honored guest – Jesus. Hospitality was a very important aspect of Jewish life and custom. Still, while not disregarding the importance of hospitality, Jesus asserts the truth underlying hospitality – the guest. Jesus was the guest and Mary was attending to him and listening to him. It is important that we prepare ourselves for Jesus’ visit, especially as we come to the Eucharistic celebration, and once here we must focus on the one we honor and adore – Jesus Christ our Lord. With Jesus as our focus, powerful things happen. May our Eucharistic gatherings focus our lives on Him – Jesus Christ – our honored guest. Peace.