The Bible has stories of sibling rivalries-
Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers, the Prodigal son – and Martha and Mary.
Martha wasn’t happy about Mary sitting while she was doing all the work. As I was driving home from my sister’s funeral I was thinking how she was the outspoken, we have a job to do – let’s get it done personality when we were young. I probably wasn’t sitting at the feet of Jesus, maybe just daydreaming a lot but I wasn’t the go getter. I was more go with the flow.
As the two oldest children of nine my mother gave us lots of responsibilities. We had a step stool to do dishes because we weren’t tall enough to reach. We carried babies on our hips and even took them to our softball games. My sister was smart and had ideas to improve things, and I did what I was told and stayed out the way.
I always tell people that maybe Mary was recognized by Jesus as choosing the better portion but Martha has the feast day in the church. Maybe because when Lazarus died Martha ran out to Jesus while Mary stayed home and Martha professed:
(John 11) “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.”
Life is strange and wonderful and God loves us as we are but never leaves us that way. His mercy is big. He teaches us through the people who cross our lives. Sibling love is like no other, they have seen the good, bad and ugly. They pray for each other to have life, love and happiness. They are quick to forgive because they know what we’ve been through, things no one else would understand.
More reflection needed.
Grateful for God’s mercy – back to work