"slow down, you move too fast.who remembers the Brady Bunch? well, i don't either but i do remember the reruns! a favourite line of mine was always, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!" this is what Marsha's younger sister, Jan, would often say, complaining about this or that. where am i going with this?
you got to make the moment last.
just kicking down the cobble stones.
looking for fun and feelin' groovy.
ba da, ba da, ba da, ba da ... feelin' groovy."
(Simon & Garfunkel - Feelin' Groovy, 1966)
well, today we celebrate the memorial of St. Martha. another favourite line of mine is found in today's Gospel, Luke 10:38-42, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things." (v.41) of course Our Lord Jesus Christ was not complaining about Martha as Jan was about Marsha. but i always enjoyed the similarity, and everytime i read this particular verse i can read it no other way than, "O Martha, Martha, Martha."
the sister of Mary Magdalene, who we celebrated a week ago, and the sister of Lazarus, Martha was known for her hospitality. however, she did worry and was troubled by many things. some considered her a perfectionist. the Gospel continues that Mary, her sister, had chosen the better part - listening to the Lord, and that Martha should focus on finding the same balance.
"O Jonathan, Jonathan, Jonathan." why do i worry so, and why do i let this and that bother me, trouble me, irritate me? the Lord was not diminishing what Martha was doing, but rather underlying the importance of being rooted in the Word of God, and of course being rooted in prayer. just like Martha, i need to worry less about my work - not to imply that i don't do my best, and give it my all, but rather at one point to say enough is enough, put it in the hands of the Lord, and trust all will go fine. i don't have to go over my homily a 1000times, i don't have to rewrite this or that to make it perfect - whatever that means. indeed, i don't have to exercise, pray, work to the point that i've lost the meaning of why i was doing any of it in the first place. all has their place, all of it is needed for a balanced life, a healthy life. Our Lord was simply reiterating that fact today for Martha (and for me).
as i finish my time here at the Cathedral, i am preparing myself, packing a few boxes and moving everything over to Annunciation to begin my new assignment - i move on Friday. i'm fighting the temptations against being worried and distracted because of it. indeed, i'm entering into a new family, and that is nothing to be worried about, rather i am very joyful, and i can't wait. now, i'm off to finish my on-call ministry, read the paper, and to worry about whether or not i'll have a chance to do some biking tomorrow morning. peace out.