For many of you, Fridays bring the hope of the weekend as well as the culmination of the busyness and stress of the week that has been. For many of us, the pressure and pace of DC is something that we find exhilarating and interesting. The idea of slowing down sounds appealing, but only to a point. It is good to work hard and to be tired at the end of the day. And there may be no place that expects and rewards hard work quite like this place.
In this town it is all too tempting to wear busyness as a badge of honor, showing the importance of our work and securing at least some measure of our identity and purpose. That’s why this text is so important for us.
This sermon continued in Luke’s Gospel with Luke 10:38-42. This story is unique to Luke and shows us the priority and opportunity Jesus opened for women, inviting Martha and Mary to sit with Him and learn alongside the men who followed Him. It is a text best known for the corrective given to Martha, who was serving Jesus diligently, and finally bubbled over in frustration toward her sister. There are important lessons for us here. Lessons about our hearts, about distraction, and about choosing “the good portion.”