In Luke 10:38-42 we are told the story of 2 sisters, Mary and Martha, sisters of Lazarus, all good friends of Jesus, on the occasion of Jesus’ visit.
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
At Christmas time, we tend to act like Martha – distracted with preparations and not like Mary, who’s sole attention was Jesus and His word.
Mary chose what was better – what was important. Is it that important to get the prettiest tree or the most lights? Is it that important to makes sure the gift is perfect and that everyone on the list is covered? Is it that important that cookies are homemade instead of store-bought?
What’s important in this and every Christmas season is that we prepare for Jesus’ visit into our homes and that he’s firmly settled into our hearts. Keep it simple, saints, (KISS) and remember that if it wasn’t for Jesus, we wouldn’t be celebrating Christmas. And that Jesus was the ultimate Gift that a Loving God could give us.