Focus - Lent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Luke 10: 41-42

But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”

If you are taking part in the Lent goal to read all of Luke, between now and Sunday, read Luke 9-11.


Apparently we’re losing the ability to focus. The multitude of alerts and notifications that bombard us in today’s world are blamed for eroding our ability to concentrate. There’s no doubt that we live in a distracted and distracting world, but today’s reading reminds us that this isn’t necessarily a new problem. As we see in Jesus’ response to Martha, our environment has always been able to create anxiety and distraction. There will always be something else to do and another demand on our time. The challenge now, as it was then, is how we respond to it. Can we, as Mary did, put aside our worries and concerns and open our minds to Jesus’ teaching? Can we be still in one moment and open our hearts to the message God has for us?

Calming God, still our minds and open our hearts to hear Your word for us. Slow down the worries that race through our thoughts. Create peace in their place, that we can hear Your voice. Help us recognize Your truth – that You are the only thing we need, and in You we can find comfort, always assured of Your eternal love. Amen.

Thank you for joining us on this prayerful
journey of reflection through Lent.

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