The Mary and Martha Consciousness
If you are stressed out by the challenge of trying to get done all the things that need to be done by you, I am certain you will identify with this story. Jesus had been invited to the home of two sisters named Mary and Martha. While the latter was working in the kitchen, Mary was on the family room floor ... listening ... at the feet of the Master. Martha, becoming upset and worried about all she had to do, began complaining about her sister.
Let us consider how Jesus responded to his friend. “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.” (Luke 10:41-42)
In this Biblical story, Martha represents the stressed-out person who feels all alone with an insurmountable task to accomplish. She displays the emotional discomfort that comes from trying to do it without the spiritual resources of the Christ.
Mary has taken time out of her busy schedule to listen to the Christ for strength and comfort and reassurance. She decided to put first things first! But, beware my friend. Oh, how easy it is to neglect the feeding of our spiritual body! How speedily the rationalizations will come!
"Gee, I already have way too much on my plate to
take time to pray and meditate too."
"Oh, I don't need any help. Things aren't really
that bad. I'll be OK."
"You know, I'm too ashamed to let people at church see
me like this. I'll come when my life here gets better."
"Yes, I've heard good things about Unity and I want to
attend some services and classes as soon as I get a
better handle on all the things going on at home."
"Well, you know, I'd like to get re-involved in the
church, but I'm simply too embarrassed after being
away for so long!"
To all the Marthas, let me introduce you to Mary ... the part of you who first and foremost turns within to your spiritual source of strength and comfort and reassurance.
Indeed there is much to do, but so much more can be achieved when we allow God to work with us -- within us. As our Martha energies become scattered, it is time to call forth the Mary-consciousness. It is imperative that we set our priorities in order and become much more efficient.
Don't get all stressed out -- get tuned in and turned on to the message of the Master within. Let us not neglect to feed the soul. Let us nourish our spiritual self with spiritual food. Let us find the emotional strength and support we need to be assured of getting the job done with ease and contentment.
Authored by Reverend Virgil Brewer at Unity Chapel
September 1, 2002