Contemplated Action

Biblical Text: Luke 10:38-42

The text is Mary and Martha which is usually taken as a compare and contrast of two symbols. Martha representing the active life and Mary the contemplative life. But I think that is a bit facile. And I’m basing that on both the immediate context – largely Luke 9-10 – and the life situation that is being displayed. Martha and Mary are not simple cut outs. Both are making choices about actions. And Martha’s request and Jesus’ words are not directed at action, but disordered action. Mary is acting. She is just acting after contemplating the good of the Kingdom. Not what her own anxieties and troubles desired, but what Jesus desired. As a sermon, it is probably a bit subtle. But the take away if I were to force one would simply be ordered action. A gift of the spirit is self-control. In the spirit we have the ability to act with kingdom purpose, not out of our anxiety.

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Leviticus 17:1-16 and Luke 10:23-42

Leviticus 17:1-16
Luke 10:23-42
God choosing to act through specific means
Continuity and discontinuity

An Incarnate Truth

From Ernst Kasemann – “The worship of the Chirstian community should not be dominated by fanatical ecstasy or profound oracle, but by prophecy as a contemporizing of the message of the past. The gospel concretizes and actualizes.”

In other words – “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us full of grace and truth (John 1:14)…Anyone who has see me has seen the Father…anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father…(John 14:9-12)”