From the Gospel of Luke 10, 41-42 :
Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.
The substance of our Master’s teaching today begins with a series of meditative questions:
- Do you need to go faster?
- Don’t you think you are capable of better empowering yourself, of better consolidating yourself, of better structuring yourself by following the pace at which you are moving forward now?
- Would you be able to overcome your resistance if you moved forward more quickly?
- Do you want everything to go faster to achieve your goals faster? What objectives?
Getting agitated… Worrying… Filling ourselves with thoughts of all kinds just to satisfy our selfish passions… This is what the Lord is speaking to us about today. Look at yourself right now. Think about what you are, what you “have”, what you project… Sort it out. Of all the things you want, which ones are non-perishable? What do you want to acquire that will not disappear over time? From your list of projects and desires, remove everything that is ephemeral and perishable. What do you have left? Now focus on each of these other projects… What do you need for these non-perishable and eternal things to take place in your life? So, do you understand the title of this message now ?
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.“, Christ tells us (Matthew 6:34). We worry because a feeling of lack arises in our heart. A feeling of lack arises because we think we have needs. We think we have needs because we are wrong about our real life goals. In fact, we hardly have any light on our true mission because within us there is constantly this emptiness, this feeling of dissatisfaction which creates the illusion of needs… And the cycle begins again! This is how our mind constantly projects itself into the future! Every day we look at ourselves and become sad because it seems to us that things are not progressing as quickly as we would like. This is what Martha felt (Luke 10:40). Obviously she had set goals for herself: tidying up the house, cooking to receive Jesus, finishing quickly so that her guest could eat… and she complained!
We must learn to relax and live. Whenever we feel a sense of lack, we are in survival mode. We don’t live. Now, would God who gives us life (John 10:10) want us to abandon it in order to survive? We know that it is the soul that gives life. It is what makes the mind rest when we decide to give it our full attention. And “The soul is the presence of God that flourishes in us,” says Saint Teresa of Avila. In other words, the entire Universe lives within you. The day you become aware of this reality, you will suddenly become a magician! Instead of continuing to endure life’s difficult situations, you will begin to manifest the power of God’s Spirit within you! For then your faith in God will awaken. And all this, in peace and quiet!
As an incarnated soul, you come into this world with a life plan. What you have, at any given moment, is all you need for that stage. You don’t need to try too hard, struggle or run around to achieve your life goals. God always provides us with the true value of the missions he entrusts to us. You don’t need anything else. Instead of continuing to fight to conquer, amass, buy…, rest and feel the presence of God within you. Live this presence. Contemplate it. Feel all the energy it gives off. And all things around you will be at your feet (Romans 8:28). Because every time you think you’re in need, know that it’s your ego speaking! But would you like to give voice to your ego?