She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying.
Mary, Martha and Lazarus welcomed Jesus into their home. At that time, there was little other means of communication but word of mouth, so visitors who might bring news of the day and stories of far away places were seen as a gift. Maybe they would hear what was happening in Jerusalem or learn of the issues from Rome. While Jesus has things to share with them, it is different than they have heard before.
Jesus tells them of God’s love and the need to love each other in the same way. We don’t know exactly what He told them, but it is recorded that Mary sat and His feet and listened. This family became close friends of Jesus, and faithful followers.
Like Mary, we need to pay attention to the lessons Jesus gives us. We are often absorbed by the stories occurring in our world – strife and struggle, conflict and cares. Jesus tells us to pause and listen to the Word of God, to let His peace fill our thoughts and lives, that we may take that love to a world in need.
Gracious God, slow us down. Help us take time to listen and learn, and to share Your peace with everyone. May Your love spread over all the earth. Amen.