Living The Martha Mary Story forever it seems. . . . . .
It was the Martha -Mary story which raised the hackles and had me fuming. Martha wished to sit and listen to her friend and exchange thoughts but Mary of course took the seat. Mary did not offer to pour milk nor water to the thirsting children and elders so Martha toured with pitcher in hand and fumed.
Jesus was attuned to this and chided, Martha, Martha why do you fuss so? Mary is only doing what Mary can do.
I am not really sure that anyone appreciated what Martha did. Martha also did what only she could do because she saw what needed to be done. No one else did. No one. Only her eyes saw the need.
There would be those who say that Martha chose to pour for the guests. She could have said no and taken a seat. But could she? And did Mary see the need and choose not to service? Or not eyes open and mind to understand?
I scribed . . .You have the obligation because you have the knowledge. October 26, 1988
(my thoughts today. . . In other words when you have the knowledge, you have the obligation. Also when knowledge roots and conscience is honed, options are fewer. In some cases, options close. (this is how saints are born on the job)
This is anathema to some because choice is a freedom and to say options close takes away that freedom. Limited knowledge even then gives the favored ones many choices. And looking at our world especially today, tells us that minorities are stripped of choices every day no matter their high credentials.
When reasons and explanations make the kind of sense that lead to understanding, it becomes knowledge. Understanding does not necessarily make something easier to live with. But when it roots and conscience is honed sharply, one sometimes sees an out but it is closed because that same knowledge sometimes presents fallout on innocent shoulders. Conscience wishes not to wound.
And the only thing one can do is endure.
One is not abandoned because in the knowledge comes enlightenment which grants surcease from what grips in the dilemma. Sometimes small comfort but in the broadening space given, this becomes the lifebuoy that keeps all afloat. And in times like ours with so many devices blaring information 24/7 with no letup, a small comfort is acceptable with no argument. And greedily grasped.
The Godfellows. . .
they crowd him, he who walks
the path like the pied piper.
the youngers follow like
so many puppies.
he bends to whisper the day good
into ears that hear his beating heart.
and their hearts beat with knowledge . . .
that they are both Divine. . . . .
(When it seems I flit with old and recent entries, it is because I finally understand the quantum theory that all time is simultaneous. Because I do, it is all happening now. It is the only way to make sense out of my own why. Work on it because otherwise the deep waters will entice.)
photo by John S. Hallissey