Choosing The Better Part

O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore you. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should do. Give me your orders. I promise to submit to all that you desire of me and to accept all that you permit to happen to me. Let me only know your will. Amen.


Today’s Gospel from Luke 10 pumps some Mary and Martha into my blood. I relate with Mary. I want to sit at the feet of Jesus. I want to listen to Him, to follow Him and to love Him 24/7. I guess I have become the “Jesus Freak” that used to scare me away. I am still a busy man and do a lot, especially at work so I have some Martha within me also. Martha was anxious though about serving and tending to the needs of others. In a sense, Jesus kind of warns us about that when He says,

“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”

I have chosen the better part. I too often have chosen the lesser parts in my life and I do not want them anymore. I have shared that my marriage is broken and in need of great healing. I have a beautiful wife that I have hurt and it will be a long road to recovery so you know I want the better part. I have no hope without Jesus. I will sit at His feet forever. I believe the words of Jesus…”There is need of only one thing.” I choose the one thing.

Have you ever just sat in a Chapel, in front of the Blessed Sacrament and just sat there. Sitting only in the presence of God, not talking, not praying, just sitting. I do it, sometimes for minutes, sometimes for hours. It’s Mary, sitting at the feet of Jesus. I like it. It has changed my life. Now the world thinks I am crazy and if I told my family, extended family and friends what I like to do with my time, they would most likely think it a waste of time that I could be doing things, even fun things.

My opinion of the world I live in is that most are doing, doing and doing. I look at my Facebook friends and they are on the go, dinner here, shows there, amusement parks here, sporting events there, parties here, eating there, drinking here and event after event and in my case with my friends usually with some alcohol in hand. As my former beloved friend and priest Fr. Tom would say, “peace be to ya” and I would say God bless you!

Anyway, God is good and He loves the Mary’s and the Martha’s. He loves you and He loves me. What an awesome thought to keep in mind every day whether we are in the Martha or Mary mode. I’m thinking that maybe age but I hope wisdom has me choosing to sit at the feet of Jesus. There ain’t no better thing that I would rather “do” than to “do” the will of God and choose the better part.

Choosing The Better Part

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