Does God Want Us to Impress Him?

I posted two blogs today.

The first was yesterday’s, which, for some reason never made it to my Facebook page, where the majority of my readers link to it.

The second is this one.

What’s most coincidental, today’s theme is about how God sometimes needs us to say and do nothing.

 A sign?


In today’s Gospel, the recommended reading is from Luke 10.

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.”

There’s a healthy debate in Christian circles about how one earns salvation.

Some say faith only–others say by works–while still another group says a little of both.

I say–by God’s Grace only.

At the end of the day–nothing we do–“needs” to be done.

God can do it all by Himself.

The things we do, for others and for ourselves, sanctifies us, so that we can enjoy the Spirit of God when It moves in our lives.

In the example above, Martha thinks she’s the more righteous daughter of Israel.

She’s wrong.

Her sister Mary, tuned into the majesty of the moment, drops everything to listen to Almighty God preach in her humble home.

I’m reminded of the times we as parents bring our children to the ocean, or the mountains, just to let them see and hear God’s awesome power.

Nothing needs to be said.

Nothing needs to be done.

We just let Him speak, in His own way, allowing Creation to impress us with what He has done.


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