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Topic: Concentration (07/24/08)
TITLE: Food that Satisfies
By Julie Seeto
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But that wasn’t all – there was something else about this teacher that set him apart from anyone else she knew. Something she couldn’t quite understand. A certain warmth radiated from his eyes bearing witness of an eternal love she had never known before. A holy man perhaps, yet he seemed so ordinary, not like the priests. She’d even heard that he touched lepers and more amazingly that they were completely healed. No, this was no ordinary man. Surely God must have sent him to Israel in their affliction. Others must have sensed it too for they followed him wherever he went. The whole world was talking about him. Mary had been hoping she could catch a glimpse of him as he passed by Bethany on his way to Jerusalem. How wonderful that her sister, Martha, had not only met him but had seized the opportunity to be his hostess and brought him and his entourage home.
Suddenly, Mary was jolted out of her concentration. Martha had stormed into their midst, hands firmly on hips and evidently displeased.
“Lord,” Martha complained, “do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” (Luke 10:40 NKJV)
Mary hadn’t realized how late it was, nor that their guests by now would be hungry for bread. Her fascination with the visitor had caused her to forget her place.
“Oh! ... Rabbi … I …” she said ashamedly, becoming acutely aware of her sister’s stern look.
Martha waited for the Teacher’s response, expecting him to at least chide Mary for her laziness. Yet he merely nodded at Mary as she rose to her feet and hurried to fulfil her duties. Turning his attention to Martha, he looked at her with a kindness that pierced her anger.
“Martha!” he said, “You are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”(Luke 10:41-42 NKJV)
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