We lead such busy lives today. So much is expected of us parents. Work full time, clean the house, make all the meals, get the kids to all of the activities… ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES. And that’s just for the lucky ones. For many, other challenges are thrown in… care for elderly parents, care for a special needs child, work a second job, deal with personal loss, battle a disease or mental illness, the list could go on and on. My boys are only 2 and 3 years old and our calendar is full, daily; almost too full. When does it all slow down?
In the Gospel today, we meet sisters, Mary and Martha. Martha served the Lord while Mary sat at His side and listened to Him. Martha was upset that Mary was not helping her and asked Jesus to rebuke her. In a surprising twist, Jesus told Martha that Mary was in the right.
This story has a powerful message for all of us over-busy parents, even today. In this story, Jesus tells us to s l o w down; to stop and listen. The errands, the cooking, the sports… they can wait. When we are running around doing all of the things that seem so right; sometimes, we miss out on the most important and beautiful moments. Sometimes, we miss out on listening to Jesus… or listening to our children.
When things get too busy and I feel like I can’t keep up with our family schedule, I’ve now begun to look to Sts. Louis and Zelie as an example. In all of the craziness of their lives, they always found time to pray together as a family and as a couple. So much can be gained by praying together as a family and by being present to each other and to Jesus. And that’s what I really want to teach my kids… how to be present to those most important to them, not how to be busy.