One thing needful…

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Martha received him [Christ] into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve you alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her.”

The reading is from Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28

Dear reader, our lives afford us all too many opportunities to be busy- to bustle about here and there, doing this and doing that.  Our lives also afford us all too many opportunities to be anxious and troubled.  Our Lord above knows about all our anxieties and troubles, but He tells us here, clearly, one thing is needful.  One.

From this passage it can be said that the one thing we ought to do is to simply sit at the feet of Christ and listen to his teaching.  Yes, even today.  But we no longer have Christ here to sit at his feet and learn, right?  Well, that then should cause us to go to our knees in prayer, put ourselves at his feet in prayer, at our icon corner, or at church, kneeling before His majesty, and also in silence listening to His teaching that comes in so many forms.

Christ’s teaching will also come when we come to the Word of God with open hearts and minds, desiring to learn from the written testaments and letters of the Bible. So reading scripture then would be another way to sit at the feet of Christ.

God help us to follow Christ’s words, here and now, and always.  By His grace, be not a busy body, pray and set your anxieties and troubles at the feet of God, The One Thing Needful.

Response of first resort…

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Imprisonment has become the response of first resort to far too many of the social problems that burden people who are ensconced in poverty. These problems often are veiled by being conveniently grouped together under the category “crime” and by the automatic attribution of criminal behavior to people of color. Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy are only a few of the problems that disappear from public view when the human beings contending with them are relegated to cages.

~Angela Davis, Masked Racism: Reflections on the Prison Industrial Complex

Yet ANOTHER wrongful conviction…

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http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-michael-hanline-murder-release-20141119-story.html#page=1

- case includes Prosecutors withholding evidence from the defense. 
   
“Several sealed police reports also were uncovered. The reports cast doubt on testimony by Hanline’s then-girlfriend, Mary Bischoff, who was granted immunity and was a key witness during the trial.

The police reports could have been used to diminish Bischoff’s credibility, or suggest that Hanline could have been framed for the murder, but were not disclosed to Hanline’s defense attorneys at the time.”

- DNA pointing to different people

- prosecutors might still try to re-try the case.

Your small insignificant trials…

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“Always remember the harsh trials of those who grieve and those who are despised (in prisons, exile, etc.), so that you might be duly grateful for your small and insignificant trials and be able to endure them with joy.”

– St. Isaac the Syrian

The necessity for community…

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“What life have you if you have not life together?
There is no life that is not in community,
And no community not lived in praise of God.
Even the anchorite who meditates alone,
For whom the days and nights repeat the praise of GOD,
Prays for the Church, the Body of Christ incarnate.”

— T.S. Eliot, The Rock

Get married and have lots of babies!

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A nation is created by families, a religion, a tradition: it is made up out of the hearts of mothers, the wisdom of fathers, the joy and the exuberance of children.

~ Kaiser Wilhelm II