This week we have two lessons in one. The first is the parable of the Good Samaritan, which should inspire us to act, to care for other people, and to reach beyond our comfort zone. The second is a moment when Jesus visits the house of two sisters, Mary and Martha. While Martha is engaged with all of the tasks that go along with having house guests, Mary sits and talks with Jesus and instead of chastising Mary for not helping out, Jesus notes that Mary has chosen the better path. Each of these passages gets preached on frequently and circulate in our understanding of what it means to live as a person faithful to the Christian tradition, and yet they seem to be counterpoints to one another. The Good Samaritan is all about action while the story of Mary and Martha is about taking a moment to set aside action to reflect, study, and be with the Divine. Do these contradict one another? It’s possible they are meant to speak to each other because we find them huddled next to each other in the Gospel of Luke. This Sunday we’ll spend some time thinking about action and reflection. How are these connected? What does it look like to do both faithfully? For some this message will be a call to action and for others it may move in you to slow down and find center. Either way, I look forward to being with you in worship on Sunday.
Blessings and peace,
Prelude: “Du Som Gaar Ud” Lindmann
Meditation: “Courante in F” Handel
Postlude: “Candler” trad. Scottish melody