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“Martha, Martha, thou art careful, and art troubled…”

“Martha, Martha, thou art careful, and art troubled about many things: But one thing is necessary. Mary hath chosen the best part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

This is from the Gospel of Luke 10:41-42.

It was not the Gospel reading this weekend, but I kept thinking about it. For you see, usually on Saturday–after my cleaning is done–I glance at my missal and scribble down the Introit Psalm, the Epistle, and the Gospel for Sunday, and sneak out the door for a Holy Hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

I like this hour of quiet, and when my mind begins to wander, I open up my Douay-Rheims Pocket Psalms and New Testament and pray the next day’s readings, in preparation for Sunday Mass.

Well, I lost the paper where I had written them down. So, yesterday I guessed and ended up in Luke 10. (I was only 3 chapters off.)

And I read, and reread the verse above, for I am such a Martha–careful and troubled about many things. Things that are secondary. Things that should be set aside. Things that should be cast into hell, as a waste of my time.

For example, I wonder about this blog. Am I wasting my time? Am I wasting your time? Surely there are better things to read on the internet, if one should even bother with the internet.

Furthermore, I never can quite say what I want to say. Even now. I’d like to tell you to step out of the Rat Race of the World, but here I am, in the middle of it, online.

I’d like to tell you to quit comparing yourself to other families and to just put First Things First. Go to Confession. Pack a picnic lunch with a bottle of Flat Top Rose, invite another family, and spend a few hours on the grass.

Throw away your Wendell Berry novel that promotes breaking the Ninth Commandment and read some Hilaire Belloc poetry or his The Path to Rome or his The Cruise of the Nona. (I finally secured a copy–it’s ridiculously hard to find–and chuckled endlessly at his dedication. I haven’t finished the book yet.)

Do you have little girls? Let them haul their baby dolls everywhere.

My sons found some nasty, white maggots the other day. Do you know what they decided to do with them? Put them in a jar with a slice of cheese to observe them. Those slimy things wormed right into the cheese and then formed a cocoon-like shell, which darkened after a few days. Then, more days later, a fly emerged. So revolting and yet, fascinating.

Do I have a point for that story? Nope.

Is there a point for this blog post? I’m not sure, and I apologize for wasting your time.

7 thoughts on ““Martha, Martha, thou art careful, and art troubled…””

  1. Ah Kim,
    You made me chuckle, and for us to be chuckling here in Melbourne Victoria Australia at the moment is no small feat.
    Please pray for us.
    My 10 year old son Samuel asked about Paul the other day so this blog obviously has its uses! I’ll tell him about the maggot … gross but definitely fascinating!
    Prayers and blessings, Bernadette

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    1. Do tell Samuel that Paul hasn’t had a single surgery since last January. This seems miraculous to us. The doctors were at their wits’ ends then, as we were trying the last known valve in existence, and it seems to be working quite well. Paul is as healthy as ever. He runs a mile in the morning with his brothers and the dog, does countless pull-ups, hikes all over the woods, and chases his little sisters up and down the stairs at home. God is good.

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  2. I will be praying for you Bernadette, as I am in lockdown in Bathurst. I think this blog has a purpose, whether you think the post has a point or not. I am also happy to see that there is something new to read from you and I follow the happenings of your world with much interest and joy. Kim, keep on keeping on…but your Martha point did strike home with me too, so the Holy Spirit prompted you for a reason. It reached me in Australia. Hugs and blessings, Cate

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    1. Dear Cate and Bernadette, I am so sorry about your lockdown in Australia. I wish you both could pop over and sit on my deck with me! As it is, I pray God would shower you with faith, hope, and charity–positively saturating you in His love.

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      1. You see? Who would have thought that a seemingly useless post would connect two Australians in some of the most draconian totalitarian lockdowns? One blessing among many your blog brings to us. Cate, I’m praying for you too : ) I am reminded that whilst we need to fight this thing with the means given to us, our real help is in the Lord who made heaven and earth. Kim, I’m mentally popping over to your deck with Cate and all the other lovely ladies reading this blog, and in the meantime Samuel will be extremely happy to hear Paul is doing well. God bless you all!!

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      2. That is fantastic news Kim! Our son had an emergency craniotomy at 14 due to a brain infection, so I do know the craziness of that works. He’s 23 now and like Paul, has had an ongoing journey but I’m just thrilled to know that your precious boy is so well. I read this in the Bible this morning – He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure. Isaiah 33:6. I think that we must remember this for our times, like Bernadette so wisely said in her reply. I’ll raise a glass of Aussie white wine to you all tonight. I would love to come and visit in the deck! Hugs and prayers to all, please keep posting Kim! Cate

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  3. You truly have a gift Kim, and thanks be to God you share it with us. We love the faith you have, the advice you share, the encouragement you offer, and the big hearty laughs you supply us with. How amazing that you’ve reached people from all over the world too.

    We are also so happy to hear about Paul-fantastic news!

    Hugs from Scotland

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