"You are careful and worried about many things. But one thing is needful: Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her"
This is what Jesus said to Martha. Limited time and unlimited things to be done! So many things competing to to take our time! The solution? The right choice.
Mary and Martha were hosts of Jesus. Heaps of things to be done. Preparation to be the best host was competing with enjoying the company of Jesus, the guest of honor. Both were essential, profitable and enjoyable, but both could not be done at the same time. Mary made the wise choice to listen to the one who could give her eternal life. Martha, the perfect hostess murmured and complained. She was full of the cares of this passing world! Jesus commended Mary's choice.
We are crowded with several duties: social, cultural, physical, emotional and moral which have to be seen to within the 24 hours of the day and we need to rest too! "Seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness first and all these things shall be added to you" is a good verse to remember when making a choice among these. May God help us to get our priorities right.