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Lectionary Reflection Gospel Lesson Year C, Proper 11

Luke 10: 38-42 As Jesus and his disciples went on their way, Jesus entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what he was saying. 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." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her."

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Reflection on Luke 10: 38-42 by the Rev Wanda Copeland

Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. The work of the rabbi and his disciples have most recently been focused on the implications of discipleship. (They have most recently returned from the journey on which they have been sent.) Now Jesus asks them to retrain their focus from being disciples in the world (with all the world's concerns and distractions) to being a student. How hard it is for us to be still, and listen to God speaking to us. Some people seem to be comfortable with the ability to be still, but many more of us rebel against that solitude. Jesus reminds all of us who would be "Marthas" that it is better to take the time to listen at Jesus' feet.

Many of us find that certain locations are more conducive to listening than others. Sometimes we need to get away from it all in order to hear God speaking to us. We are often more able to listen to the fullness of God's voice in the midst of nature. We can be energized by knowing a higher power is REALLY in control; we can be reminded that we are not (nor do we have to be) the primary force making things happen in the world; we can be rejuvenated by learning from the natural world and strengthened to return to be engaged in our ministry.

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Wanda Copeland is the rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Elk River, MN. Wanda was the second co-chair of the Commission (1996-2001) and Chair of the Episcopal Ecological Network (2001-2004). She originally wrote this reflection in 1998. She and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Wanda, our Webverger or any other MEESC member, or mail them to:
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