July 21, 2013
“Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing.” Luke 10: 38-42
Martha, or as we say in Boston, Maatha, is one of my favorite characters in the Gospels. We in the church are so like her. We are the grunts, cook the food for the coffee hour and the community meals, set up tables and chairs, clean, repair, and weed the garden. We are the ones who make things work.
In the Enneagram we are the two’s: people who serve. And it is good and necessary we do or nothing would happen. Or would it?
There is a dark side to the two’s. We want to be thanked, and recognized and heaven forfend if you do not show appreciation. Another aspect of the dark side is resentment of Mary. Mary is not a slave to duty. She is free to step out of the servant role long enough to pay attention to what is trying to break through the ordinary tasks of living.
For all of us Maatha’s who are “worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing.”
Jesus says, “Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Now if we Maatha’s could only get past our annoyance, we might have the space to figure out what that better part is. Hmmm.