We are people who get things done. We do good works, we help those in need, we provide for our families, and a thousand other things. Is that all that we need to do to gain salvation? Can we work ourselves into the kingdom of God? In today’s gospel, Jesus reveals to us that our actions, even well intentioned ones, are not enough in themselves to share in the life of the Lord. We work and we work, but the one thing that will save sometimes eludes us.
Jesus entered a village
where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.
She had a sister named Mary
who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.
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 in 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.”
Jesus is that one thing. He is the better part. If we spend our time at the feet of the Master, our hearts will be filled with him and our salvation will be assured.