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October 04

Luke 10, 41-42

Something to read

But the Lord answered her, `Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 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 them wide open, while others talk around a slightly opened door. 

Martha obviously had a very open home. 

Jesus plus 12 disciples had arrived. It was probably a small house, with a cramped food preparation area that 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 while Mary sits at Jesus’ feet, listening.

How often have we entertained and at the end of the evening 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, while 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 someone who you have never had round before to a meal, or just a 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.


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