The Good Martha (Luke 10:38-42)

Luke 10:38-42 (NRSV): Jesus Visits Martha and Mary

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.”

Queries:

What are you finding most clarifying as you quietly reflect on the words and actions of Mary, Martha, and Jesus?

How could the spaces for which you have some degree of responsibility become more hospitable? How could you grow in your practice of hospitality?

What important work are you neglecting to do? What important work do you need to momentarily (or permanently) lay down?

What need(s) do you need to voice? To whom do you need to listen?