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When Cares Wear You Out

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When Cares Wear You Out
"But 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.' "

Martha is really saying, “Why doesn’t Mary mirror me?” She is saying, “Don’t you care that my sister is not like me?” Further, she is saying, “Why aren’t you, God, like me?” “Make your plan fit into my mirror, or else you don’t care like I do.” “Why aren’t you, God, created in my image?” That is why Martha is burdened. She sees everything slightly in reverse. She understands it through the filter of herself rather than the presence of God who is sitting right in front of her. If we drag our mirrors around long enough, we exhaust ourselves by trying to change other people and make them look like us. Somewhere along the line, Martha’s interests became her cares, and her cares became her troubles, and her troubles burdened her and wore her out. It can be very tiring to attempt to change everyone else in the world every day.


Fr. Bransfield, author of Meeting Jesus Christ, has a fantastic chapter on Martha and Mary. Has it ever happened to you that your interests became your cares, your cares became your troubles, and your troubles wore you out? What did you do to find refreshment and new life?

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  • Jdc
    This is indeed a very interesting passage and each time of reading whether at church or at home inspires thought and contemplation. There were two aspects to Martha and Mary's meeting with Jesus. Hospitality, essential to providing Jesus the rest and nourishment He must have so desperately needed after his long journey, (journey's were always long in those days), a duty Martha had taken on. And the spiritual companionship and devotion that Mary needed and Jesus provided as part of his ministry. Both women had made their individual choices and Jesus supported them. Martha was definitely saying "Why doesn't Mary mirror me!", but her kind hospitality indicates that she too, wanted to enjoy Jesus' company, except had made it her second choice, not her first, like Mary. If Jesus appeared to rebuke her (or us), it was because he wanted to teach her (or us) that God comes first, not second. Our wishes and desires come second. "Man shall not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God". Mathew 4.4. He was gentle in his chastisement emphasizing that Mary will not be deprived of her spiritual nourishment and that if we place God first in our lives, all else will fall into place.
    11/2/2013 7:08:09 PM Reply
  • Jdc
    This is indeed a very interesting passage and each time of reading whether at church or at home inspires thought and contemplation. There were two aspects to Martha and Mary's meeting with Jesus. Hospitality, essential to providing Jesus the rest and nourishment He must have so desperately needed after his long journey, (journey's were always long in those days), a duty Martha had taken on. And the spiritual companionship and devotion that Mary needed and Jesus provided as part of his ministry. Both women had made their individual choices and Jesus supported them. Martha was definitely saying "Why doesn't Mary mirror me!", but her kind hospitality indicates that she too, wanted to enjoy Jesus' company, except had made it her second choice, not her first, like Mary. If Jesus appeared to rebuke her (or us), it was because he wanted to teach her (or us) that God comes first, not second. Our wishes and desires come second. "Man shall not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God". Mathew 4.4. He was gentle in his chastisement emphasizing that Mary will not be deprived of her spiritual nourishment and that if we place God first in our lives, all else will fall into place.
    11/2/2013 7:08:08 PM Reply
  • Lovely insight. This is time for rethinking how we go about our daily tasks. Interests becoming cares and then becoming troubles equals stress, worry and fatigue. This can become almost like the feeling of a" runaway train" that is heading for more trouble. His Word speaks to me in my life. Thank you.
    10/15/2013 6:07:05 AM Reply

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