Thursday, July 15, 2010

Pentecost 8c - Luke 10:38-42

Today’s camp theme is Easter. It’s also the day we take the campers on a long trail ride where they will put all the skills they’ve learned in the arena into practice. I’m riding Duce, a young, dun colored mare who is worried and distracted by many things and jumps up and away from the ones that surprise her. But as long as I’m not distracted and reassure her through clear and consistent commands she’ll be fine, even if she is convinced every bush in the hill country hides a potential predator. One of the reasons Martha is worried and distracted is because her sister Mary has left her to do all the work. On the other hand it may be that Martha is worried and distracted by things that are not worthy of worry. All we have to go on is Jesus response which only seems to be more about Mary’s choice than Martha’s demand. In the naming of the better part, the one thing needful, Jesus is inviting Martha to do more by doing less.

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