This is requiring that I move the junk in the basement.
Turns out we have lots and lots of...things. Tools, fabric, yarn, toys, frames (why do I have so many frames...I don't buy frames), shovels, flashlights, scrap wood and about 200 canning jars. So, I am sorting and trashing and giving and realizing that there has to be a time for this. Before I can focus on preschool, I HAVE to order our space.
I have always been puzzled by the story of Mary and Martha. Why is Jesus so hard on Martha? I mean, didn't he want dinner? Wouldn't it have been nice if Mary had helped with the dishes so they could both go visit? Sometimes I want Jesus to just walk in with a couple of bullet points listing which behavior will be the right flavor of the day. Is this a sit at your feet day or a find some loaves and fishes day? Is this a harvest grain on the Sabbath day or a "consider the lilies" day?
Truth is I don't know the answer, but along with the sermon we read today, Jesus also told a story about ten virgins with lamps. Five took the time to fill their lamps when they got low, and five didn't.
So, Jesus tells us that we have to be salt and light.
So sometimes we just have to jerk a knot in ordinary time and plop down at Jesus's feet and get refilled. Pull over and check our directions if you will.
Because at the end of today's reading Jesus puts on his mommy voice and tells us he is really serious about us being obedient. He didn't let his followers off easy. He came to fulfill the law.
Love the Lord your God with all of your heart and mind and soul and love you neighbor as yourself.
Jesus came to make that real.
So, snuggle in at the feel of Jesus. Soak it up. Fill up those lamps.
PS Anyone need a screwdriver? I have about 97.