Sunday, December 18, 2011

In This Last Week of Advent, Don't Do Like Martha

It's the final Sunday of Advent. You may go here to review today's Mass readings.

As the final rush hits, and you're traveling or preparing for guests, buying and wrapping gifts, putting the finishing touches on your house, please take the time to remember the reason for the season.
I have this on my car! :)

The best gift for any of us is Christ Himself! :)  

Taking the time to pray is more important than an extra batch of cookies. Slowing down to sit and read a Christ centered Christmas story with your family is more loving than making sure the ornaments are hanging just so on the tree. And you'll probably find everyone is a little bit happier for it. My advice- reduce stress and increase your focus on Jesus this year.

Remember Jesus's advice to Martha, the sister of Mary and Lazarus, when she was upset that Mary was sitting and listening to Jesus, while she was so busy with household tasks.

"Martha, Martha, you are anxious and upset about many things; one thing only is required. Mary has chosen the better portion..." Luke 10: 41-42

I don't mean to belittle Martha, and goodness knows our Lord loves her. But He was pointing out that there are more important things than having a perfect household. And if I may be playful-- Although she's amazingly creative, there are more important things than having a Martha Stewart Christmas. ;-)

Hmm, but I wouldn't mind if she came by and gave me a hand this week.

Martha Stewart

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