Friends Who Stay
Have you ever seen the Harry Potter movies? If you know me, you know that I'm a big Harry Potter fan. In the series, Harry has two best friends, Ron and Hermione. Hermione is one who sticks with Harry all the way through, no matter where things go wrong or where others (Ron) turn away. In this series, Hermione tends to take on both the people of Mary and Martha, the sisters who serve Jesus in different ways. She stays and listens to Harry, hearing him out through everything that happens, similar to that of Mary. She also is quick to solve problems, the one who knows the exact book and page to turn to for whatever issue comes about, similar to Martha, busy making sure everyone is comfortable as Jesus speaks. We all have friends that can be viewed as one or both of these women right? It's important especially to have one who is there to listen when we're falling, when we need to talk. We not only need this person for us, especially in the constant changing of our world and the pressures put on our faith. We need to be that person, especially for those who are curious about faith. We need to be a friend who is patient, who listens and stays put, as God is for us, as we see through Mary and through the character of Hermione.
Today's Gospel states:'Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Laz'arus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; Martha served, and Laz'arus was one of those at table with him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was to betray him), said, "Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" This he said, not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box he used to take what was put into it. Jesus said, "Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of my burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me." When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Laz'arus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Laz'arus also to death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus' (John 12:1-11).
Today's reading talks about how we need to both listen to Jesus' teachings and also put in the work, as we see through the two sides of Mary and Martha. We need both, at a balance, but especially in the busy and changing world we live in, we need to take time to listen, to stop and be patient. This applies to the friendships we've made, but more importantly, when it comes to prayer and building relationship with God. We need to be able to listen and discern His will, or we'll fall off track. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you be a friend who supports others through listening.
Today we pray:
Thank You for helping me to see Your will in my life. Help me to practice patience and being a good listener so to grow in my relationship with You, and with those who need me.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.