I exist. That’s the direct translation of this French phrase. In light of yesterday’s gospel (which was about the time Jesus was at Mary and Martha’s), many of us seem to fit into this statement at certain points in our life.
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, ” Luke 10:41
We sometimes have so many things to do, so many places to be and so many deadlines to stick to that we become like Martha, focusing more on what we need to get done than sitting and making time for God. Having a lot of things on our mind brings about tension, anxiety, disrespect to others as they seem to be getting in our way and ultimately, existence, not life. God created us to live, to be around people, sharing experiences and His love.
Anxious thoughts, tension, depression and sadness that sometimes come about because of the world’s problems, tell us that there’s no time to enjoy life, there’s only time for earthly matters and we start to go around in the world with our chores, taking no notice of the people around us. What Jesus, the Truth, tells us, however is the exact opposite. We have to stop, and be patient enough to listen to His voice and fill our mind with His word. Only when we give importance to what matters to Him can we truly live life to the full.
“but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10: 42
Jesus doesn’t want us to merely exist in the life He created, but to live, to live life in Him. When we live for Him, Jesus fills us with a love and joy beyond compare and others will see this and come to know Him too. We can actually help people ditch just existing and embrace living! Isn’t it great that we are able to get others to the Prince of Peace just by being an example to them?
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20