Posted October 8, 2013 by FLL Editorial Team in
 
 

Martha and Mary

那時候,耶穌進了一個村莊。有一個名叫瑪爾大的女人,把耶穌接到家中。她有一個妹妹,名叫瑪利亞,坐在主的腳前聽他講話。瑪爾大為伺候耶穌,忙碌不已,便上前來說:「主!我的妹妹丟下我一個人伺候,你不介意嗎?請叫她來幫助我吧!」主回答她說:「瑪爾大!瑪爾大!你為了許多事操心忙碌,其實需要的惟有一件。瑪利亞選擇了更好的一份,是不能從她奪去的。」
路加福音 10:38-42

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在今天的福音中,耶穌到了伯達尼村莊瑪爾大和瑪利亞的家裡。福音中描述瑪爾大和瑪利亞兩姊妹用了很不同的方法接待耶穌。瑪利亞坐在耶穌腳前聽祂講話,而瑪爾大則為了伺候耶穌而忙碌不已。

為主忙碌不已是不少熱心基督徒的現實寫照,而耶穌卻對瑪爾大說:「瑪利亞選擇了更好的一份,是不能從她奪去的。」耶穌這樣說不是譴責瑪爾大,而是要提醒她(和所有人)在祈禱中靜心聆聽的重要性。

事實上,耶穌在福音中多次強調聆聽祂的話非常重要(若望福音 10:27-28, 路加福音 8:21, 若望福音 8:47)。如果不先靜下來聽天主的話,我們又怎能知道祂的旨意?我們如果不履行祂的旨意,再忙碌也是徒然的。

在繁忙的生活中,只要好好把握每一刻(如乘車、做家務時),我們仍然可以找到祈禱的時間,聆聽天主的指引。

Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”
Luke 10:38-42

In today’s Gospel, Jesus went to visit Martha and Mary in the village of Bethany. We see that Martha and Mary used very different ways in serving Jesus. Mary sat beside the Lord at His feet listening to Him, and Martha was “burdened with much serving”.

Many zealous Christians are like Martha that they are busy with serving all the time. And Jesus said to her: “Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” Jesus did not say this to blame Martha, but to remind her (and all of us) the importance of listening intently in prayers.

In fact, Jesus talks about the importance of listening to God many times (cf. John 10:27-28, Luke 8:21, John 8:47). If we do not first spend time in listening to God, how do we know His will? And if we do not do His will, our efforts are futile.

No matter how busy we are, if we seize every moment, we can find time to pray and listen to His guidance.

參考 Reference:
瑪利亞和馬爾大
Commentary on Luke 10:38-42


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