In the Gospel of Mary and Martha there seems to be a competition of prayer and action. It is easy to separate prayer and action into separate compartments so that activity does not interfere with our “spiritual lives.” Is Mary really in competition with Martha? Jesus said Mary had chosen “the better portion” (Lk 10). She listened to the Lord, while Martha was busy about the house. Still a better portion is only a part of a whole which includes everything we do.
Jesus and his mother Mary were the greatest of contemplatives. Yet they lived in an ordinary town and had ordinary daily activities. In our contacts with others, we can see Jesus’ love reaching into their lives to bring them to himself. We can contemplate divine mercy—and thus come to see God in the events of our day. That is meditation united with the active life. Jesus’ words are clear however. We also need “silent times” when we are alone with the Lord.
Be with me, Lord, this day so that I may see your loving care in all that occurs around me. From time to time recall me to yourself to remind me of what is more important in my life.