Today's Gospel reading presents us a situation where Jesus makes us all the more aware of what can distract us from what is most important in life. Here is the Gospel reading:
"Now as [Jesus and his disciples] went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what he was saying. 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." 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.'" Luke 10:38-42
Martha felt that her preparations were more important than what Mary herself was doing. Have you ever gotten yourself so bogged down with doing things (necessary and unnecessary) that you had no time for prayer or reading Scripture? We find the challenge today in the many different things that life demands of us. Can we still make time to sit at the feet of Jesus and learn from him?
I might say that this text is calling us to look at our priorities. Have we lost sight of the "one thing that is needful?" We all have only 24 hours in each day and must find that time to be with the Lord. I would ask you to consider your own priorities and time management as you prepare for worship this Sunday.