A Martha-Church or a Mary-Church?

October 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

During a recent conversation between elected officers of our congregation, a wonderful aha moment occurred when we were talking about the importance of focusing on relationships rather than merely organizing events, programs and projects.  Somebody said, “we are called to be a Mary-Church rather than a Martha-Church” (with reference to Luke 10:38-42).  When Jesus visited them, Martha was the one “distracted by all the preparations” (10:40) while Mary “sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he (Jesus) said” (10:39).  Indeed, many churches became mere wellfare organizations (project-oriented) or vendors of religious goods (events and program driven) without cultivating the primary habit of continuously discerning what God is up to.  The latter requires deep listening to God and others.

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