Jesus was teaching at the home of Mary and Martha. Martha was upset because she was providing all the hospitality while Mary sat and listened to Jesus.
Jesus said, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and upset about many things; one thing only is necessary. Mary has chosen the better portion, and she shall not be deprived of it.”
Luke sets Martha and Mary strangely against each other in Sunday’s short gospel scene. Rather than ask Mary directly to help, Martha asks Jesus to command Mary to help with the work of hospitality. Her request backfires. Instead Jesus chides her, “Martha, Martha,” for being too bossy. He praises Mary for choosing the one thing necessary—hearing his word. In a positive interpretation, Jesus frees Martha from overburdening herself with service and hospitality—good news for contemporary supermoms. However, a dangerous memory lurks in the silence blessed in Mary and imposed on Martha.
What has inspired or frustrated you in this gospel?