How much of your day is spent for work? How much of it is for socials? For family? For social media? For playing games, and reading books, and watching movies or TV series?
What about for God? How much time do you spend in a day listening to, talking to, or even just acknowledging and relishing His presence?
Many of us are guilty of spending too much time on other things and too little time on God. The same is true for Martha in today's Gospel. While it's true that the WORK she was doing was FOR Jesus, it's also true that she failed to understand what her sister, Mary, did. That there was a "better part" (Lk 10:42, NABRe) — just "(sitting) beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak." (Lk 10:39, NABRe)
This is not to say that we should ignore all forms of work or even entertainment and fun. It is simply to remind us never to neglect what's MOST IMPORTANT: 1) acknowledging His Presence and 2) listening.
What's also worth noting in today's Gospel is Martha's demeanor in serving Jesus. Again, there's absolutely nothing wrong with choosing to WORK and SERVE. In fact, Jesus demands that of us; that aside from praising and glorifying Him through prayer and thanksgiving, we must go out and serve our fellow man. But if we listen carefully to what Martha says, we can also get a sense of how she feels about her service. "Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.”" (Lk 10:40, NABRe)
She grumbles and complains. She feels it's a burden. She even dares to COMMAND the Lord to tell Mary to help.
This is NOT how the Lord wants us to serve. He doesn't want us to feel burdened by it or feel it's simply an obligation which one has to do, albeit begrudgingly. No! Christian service must be heartfelt and joyful. It must be done in the way Abraham served the 3 men in today's first reading (Gen 18:1–10a) and exactly as St. Paul describes in today's second reading when he says, "I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body." (Col 1:24, NABRe)