As I rise from bed every morning my prayer is to ask Jesus to give me the grace to remain within my interior chapel listening to His voice while together we arise and get to work.
How can I be Mary at the feet of my Jesus interiorly while fulfilling the duties He has given to me with the devotion of Martha? This has been a challenge and a fruitful practice.
A key for me has been making this verse from The Song of Songs a frequent prayer reminder to pause, breathe deeply, and shift my focus, my thoughts, and my heart back to Jesus dwelling within me.
“Return, return, O maid of Shulam!” 7:1
As the bride of Christ, I am betrothed to Him Who is Peace; I am the “maid of Peace.” His peace that passes all understanding is mine if I choose to ask, to open, and to receive His peace again and again.
And so when I feel myself becoming anxious and overwhelmed by the work and worries of life, by repeating slowly and prayerfully this Scripture, I choose to return interiorly to the One Who is my peace, the One Who is the Only One Necessary Thing.
I can be Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus in my heart while fulfilling the duties He has entrusted to me with the devotion of Martha.
St. Martha and St. Mary, pray for us.
I challenge each of you to try this spiritual practice and share your experiences in the comments.
Wrapping you in my prayers and our Mother’s mantle.