"The One Thing Needed" is the subject of the meditation
in this month’s Retreat Guide from www.RCSpirituality.org. The guide
is available August 7, 2013.
One of the most memorable scenes
from the Gospel of Luke takes place in Bethany, when
Jesus and his Twelve Apostles visit the home of Martha
and Mary. It is a scene all can relate to
– the family squabble.
“It’s so real. It’s so typical of
us human beings,” said Fr. John Bartunek LC. “And in
the midst of such a real, typical situation, Jesus gives
us one of his most unforgettable lessons.
“In just a few
verses, St. Luke paints a picture that we can all
identify with. He shows Martha worried and working hard to
entertain the guests and make sure the dinner (and everything)
comes out just right. She wants everything to be perfect,
and she gets flustered and feels overwhelmed. And then she
realizes that her sister Mary is doing absolutely nothing to
help! Instead, Mary is sitting calmly in the living room,
at the feet of Jesus, drinking in his conversation.
can just picture Martha’s indignation and disbelief. She’s had enough!
So she marches right into that living room, and without
even deigning to acknowledge her sister, she tells Jesus –
notice that: She doesn’t ask him nicely, she actually tells
him to order her sister to get up and get
to work, and in the process, she even chastises the
“The mere fact that Jesus, the incarnate Son of
God, shared such mundane experiences is a powerful lesson. But
what he says in response to Martha’s petition, and what
it means, can literally transform our lives.”
Check out the introduction
video for "The One Thing Needed" here.