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.”
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.