Making guests welcome

 

It can be great fun having visitors, but also hard work. If you are not careful you can spend more time cooking and cleaning for your guests then actually talking to them. Sometimes we need to take a step back and give more time to listening and talking than to cooking and tidying (important as they can be!).

 

Jesus once visited two sisters, called Mary and Martha, who had invited Him to stay. It is a reminder that Jesus could never have performed His teaching and caring ministry if people had not been prepared to house, feed and clothe Him. Martha was desperately anxious to be a good hostess and rushed around doing everything, whilst Mary sat quietly and listened to Jesus. Eventually poor Martha, who was clearly feeling a bit hassled, asked Jesus to tell Mary to help her.

 

Instead of doing what Martha wanted Jesus told her to do as her sister was doing. ‘Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her.’ Jesus was clearly grateful for the support and care offered by Martha, but neither did He want her to miss out on spending time with Him.

 

All Christians have invited Jesus Christ to be a guest in their lives, so it is just as important that sometimes we spend time with Him.  The season of Lent, which prepares us for Easter, begins this month. Lent, comes from an old English word meaning spring, which is a reminder that it is a time when we are supposed to grow. It is a time in which we grow closer to God.  We show that we are listening to God by faithfulness in receiving Holy Communion, prayer, reading our Bibles and possibly giving up something for Lent.

 

Father Michael

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