Sitting at the feet of Jesus Mary chose the good portion otherwise known as the main course. Given a choice between a spiritual appetizer, the spiritual main course, or a spiritual dessert, which would you or I choose? The good portion or the main course is that which would bring us and others the most lasting benefit. Jesus will always defend and vindicate the best choice when the critics descend.
Sometimes fresh manna from heaven can take the form of a fresh new look at an old familiar truth.
Jesus punctuates the ending of his model of the Lord’s Prayer with an emphasis on the value of persistence as he introduces the Parable of the neighbor in need of bread at midnight. (Luke 11) That neighbor was eventually granted his request. Persistence can compensate for a lack of intimacy, at least until more intimacy can be cultivated. Maybe we don’t feel very close to Jesus right now, or as close as we would like to feel to Him. Keep at it, He says, keep at the cultivation of that closeness. It doesn’t happen overnight. If it did it wouldn’t be valued and treasured as it begins to be realized.