When discussing the Mary-Martha incident with groups, I like to take polls. "How many
would side with the sister who did all the preparation?" I ask. Most women tend to
sympathize with Martha. It's no fun doing all the work while some couch potato relative
sits leisurely. One of my sisters always got a bathroom call when it was time to do
Sunday dinner dishes. When loved ones consistently do that, we need to have frank
conversations with them.
Whether Mary always shirked work, we don't know. What we do know is that on that
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.