misunderstood Martha…

… poor dear. So misunderstood, even by myself. Out of necessity my life is more as Martha’s; there is always something that needs to be done, cleaned or cooked. I have found my response under fire to grow resentful and look, not without a tad of jealousy, at the contemplative lives of nuns… the Mary’s.

Ignorance on my part prevented me from seeing that one is not superior to the other. Just as there is a balance in religious communities between active and a contemplative charism, so must we seek that same balance in our spiritual lives. I have so much to learn.

Helping with that learning are posts like this.

She also slayed a dragon. Who knew!

About Katrina Fernandez

Mackerel Snapping Papist

  • M. Naftel

    Thanks! My wife is a "Martha" (Saint/baptismal name)as are many women in our parish.St. Elizabeth, the New Martyr, established the Convent of Sts. Martha and Mary after her husband was killed by anarchists in Russia. When she was asked why not "Mary and Martha," she replied along the lines that Martha had gotten a bad rap and there is a lot to be said for active service.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02467749696749145712 Aristides

    Luke 10:42 – "Mary has chosen the best part, which shall not be taken away from her."Marthas are certainly necessary–but that doesn't make it equal. The lesson is to contemplate where contemplation is fitting; would that it were always, and would that we always knew when it is.

  • M. Naftel

    Yes, but look at the faith that Martha had, making a declaration very similar to that of Peter (John 11:27). It was not Martha's service that caused Christ to correct her, but her own comparison with her sister and desire for judgment. Likewise, let us not judge her.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09320206173686461659 inIpso

    It wasn't that Martha was just busy on the outside. She was busy on the inside. Look at a nun's day…. she is most certainly busy. There is a whole lot that she does each day. But she is recollected and contemplates the beloved even as she washes dishes and cooks. Marthas are called to be Marys in that in there heart they remain at His feet even as they work.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00518427385991447434 Dr. Eric

    I hope you had a dish with tarragon in it to honor St. Martha.