The following is a brief meditation on this week’s Gospel, Luke 10:38-42:

38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40But 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.’ 41But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42there is need of only one thing.* Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.’

There’s a hum –
a steady buzz
like a thousand bees
in the hot summer sun.

There’s a blur –
a person darting
here and there like
it has no place to rest.

There’s a fear –
a crippling anxiety
that to be still might
cause chaos to enter in.

But there’s a voice –
a gentle influence
persistently calling
for rejuvenating rest.

There’s a figure –
the paradigm of love
stretching out hands
in welcome and care.

There’s a patience –
unknown elsewhere
unwilling to stop trying
to bring wholeness to us.

© 2013. Annabelle Peake Markey. All rights reserved.