Mary Sat at the Lord’s Feet



Amos 8:1-12
Psalm 52
Colossians 1:15-28
Luke 10:38-42


We have it wrong, at least too often. Hearing the Word of God can happen in the pew on Sunday morning, but it is generally spoken on Monday morning at work. Why else would God accuse us of cheating, lying, stealing, and trying to become wealthy?

You measure the grain in a small eifah,
but the silver in heavy shekels,
fixing the scales, so that you can cheat,

buying the needy for money
and the poor for a pair of shoes,
and sweeping up the refuse of the wheat to sell!

Yes, we are involved in all that and more. We buy clothes made in sweat shops around the world and say that the small wages the workers get is more than they would have had otherwise. Two dollars a day is twice as much as the dollar a day they were making. Then we say, “You can’t expect me to live on $55,000 ($150/day).

When there is an earthquake or hurricane, what do we do to help? We clean out our closets of the unwanted clothes and sent winter coats to Honduras or canned pigs feet to Turkey. I personally saw the dregs of hospital storage rooms shipped to Haiti in 2010; numerous broken tools, a laser scalpel worth a million, but missing the scalpel, and, oh yes, sent to a country with only a few hours of electricity.

Why are we so unwilling to send what is really needed: money to buy food, water, and medical supplies close to the site to reduce shipping costs?

Because our leftovers are good enough for “those” people.

Martha saw the work that needed doing and she went at it. But she was upset that her sister did not help. Notice that Jesus did not criticize Martha, except to say that Mary made the better choice. There is nothing wrong with taking care of your guests, but Jesus reminds us to do it with God in our hearts. Martha, my dear, you are worried and bothered about providing so many thingsPhillips

God was in the house. The Word of God was filling the room. Come, sit, listen.

Most of us are Marthas. We have things to do. Yes, they are of some importance. I like to eat. But compared to the Word of God?

What about that Monday morning? The Word comes when someone comes to me to buy what I am selling. The Word is: sell for the lowest price possible. When I have to serve that grumpy man every Monday, I don’t spit in his coffee, but serve it with a smile.

Do you want to be the Word or ignore the Word?


Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

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