The Better Portion

Does the story of Mary and Martha bother anyone else?

Honestly, for much of my life I’ve had a hard time understanding what exactly I’m supposed to take from the story. I’m not obviously the Martha or the Mary — I’m happy to be in the classroom or the kitchen. But I’m not happy to be left alone in the kitchen when guests are over. To me, Mary’s abandonment of Martha seems selfish, justifying Martha’s indignation. In my mind, the order is simple: share the work load, and share the fellowship with guests.

That may work well for my husband and me, but it doesn’t make sense of Jesus’ rebuke.

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