“Mary and Martha”

On March 17, Pastor Jim preaches on Luke 10:38-42.

38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42 there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”

I can’t help but feel sorry for Martha. She invites Jesus and his disciples into her home. She is distracted by her many tasks and could really use a hand from her sister. She states this obvious fact, asks for help, and is gently, well we assume it was gentle, scolded by Jesus. Mary is praised for just sitting there.

Many of us are worried and distracted from time to time. There are things that need doing. Where’s the good news for the Marthas of this world? Without them a lot would be left undone. We’ll think about this on Sunday.