You know the story: Jesus visits the house of Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha (find in Luke 10:38-42). While Martha is bustling around the kitchen preparing the meal, Mary is sitting at the feet of Jesus listening to Him teach. Martha complains to our Lord about Mary neglecting her duty and making her, Martha, do all the work.
Poor Martha is chastised (and rightfully so) for complaining, and she is told that “Mary has chosen the better part” (verse 42). In another visit to another house, however, Jesus heals Peter’s mother of a sickness, and she immediately goes into the kitchen to practice hospitality and prepare a meal for Jesus and the apostles (Luke 4:38-39). She is not told to sit at His feet and listen to Him teach. So Mary chose the better part…but I don’t think that means we are to pray and learn always and never be in the kitchen preparing meals.
Mary and Martha both were doing a service to Jesus (but Martha ought not have been complaining about her sister, you see!). Peter’s mother serves the Lord, too, by feeding Him and showing hospitality. As people on whose shoulders it falls to feed our families, there’s no way we can say, “Sorry, guys, it’s time for me to go to Bible class,” (or read Scripture, or pray my Rosary, or, or, or) every time it’s dinner time. It’s up to us to make sure we are still prayerful in the kitchen, however.
I believe that part of a vocation of a wife and mother is to feed her family well – well being healthfully and joyfully. (Dads and husbands, you’re not left out here – we appreciate what you do in the kitchen, too!) When living out your vocation, you are working on your daily duty for the Lord. What a concept – that our time on our feet, chopping vegetables, trying to figure out what coriander is, scrubbing burnt-on scum off a pot because we were distracted and forgot to turn down the sauce…and, and, and…that that time can actually be part of our prayer life, and useful not only for the health of our families, but for the community of believers and all God’s children. !!
Mary and Martha (M&M) Moments are my attempt to challenge you to grow in faith and truly become prayerful both about and in your kitchens. Here’s the first one: Conscious Thought It’s kind of the foundation for everything I do, so it will be helpful for everyone to read it. At least once.
All the Mary and Martha Moments:
- Capturing Kitchen Prayer Moments
- Trust in the Promise of Your Meal Blessing
- Baby Steps
- Soul First, Body Second
- Kitchen Stewardship = Pray Constantly
- The Sanctity of Life
- Take Action to Protect Life in the Womb
- Quick Clicks for Real Health Care
- Just Food
- On Sacrifice and Suffering
- Do Bloggers Share Too Much? Do We All?
- Can Catholics Do Yoga?
- Why I Choose Natural Family Planning
- How to Keep Cooking When You’re Cut Off
- Is Preparing for Disaster Faithful or Fearful?
- Offering Up My Labor
- Do We Need Stuff for Faith?
- Do Your Holidays Focus on Family, Food or Fighting?
- Are you Celebrating Christmas Already…or Advent?
- Declutter out of Love for God
- Convenience Food: Our Culture’s Attempt to Weasel out of the Physical Consequence of Adam’s Sin?
- We’re Not Just Bodies Walking Around. Who Decides the ‘Perfect’ Size Family?
- Part One: An Education in Being Human
- Part Two: The Great Analogy of Spousal Love
- Part Three: Man and Woman He Created Them (Our Origin)
- Part Four: Man and Woman He Redeemed Them (Our History)
- Is Christopher West’s Handling of the Theology of the Body Off the Mark?
- Part Five: The Resurrection of the Body (Our Destiny)
Four Pillars of Kitchen Stewardship:
- Kitchen Stewardship: Why Do It?
- Called to be Good Stewards of the Earth
- Stewards of the Food Budget
- Balancing Time, Family and Food
- Be a Body Steward
Advent Daily Dose
Click here for a full list of simple, daily Advent devotions from 2009.
- The Ultimate Traditional Real Food
- How do You Receive the Eucharist?
- The Ultimate Thanksgiving Feast
- Serving Eucharist
- Why We Teach Our Children to be Like Children
A Study for Catholic mothers: Woman’s Call to Vocation Week One: Call to Sacrifice Week Two: Vocation of Wife Week Three: Vocation of Mother Week Four: Discipline of Children Week Five: Vocation of the Home
- Can You Decorate for Lent?
- On Lenten Sacrifices
- No Sugar for Lent
- Entering Holy Week
- Prepare for Lent
- 2010 “What are you Doing for Lent?” Carnival
- Celebrating Lent with Children
- To Solemnity or not to Solemnity?
- Prayer Ideas for Lent and Beyond
- How Will You Set Holy Week Apart?
- How to Keep Up on Daily Prayer
- Are You Ready for Lent?
- I Don’t Believe in Giving Up Pizza For Lent
- How Did we Do on the Lenten No Grains/No Gluten Challenge?