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Published on Feb 22, 2013
Two models of Christian devotion. Mary and Martha. Sisters. Best friends with Jesus.
Have you heard the beautiful story of Mary and Martha in the Bible? If not, check it out in Luke 10:38-42.
Sitting at Jesus's feet, Mary is a picture of repose, one hand propping up her head in a traditional thinker's pose, taking in Jesus's teachings. Above her, Martha and Jesus are locked in a gaze. One can imagine that Martha, hot from the kitchen and exhausted from cooking and cleaning—what must it take to host the Son of God?—has just finished delivering perhaps the most famous sibling whine of all time. "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"
Jesus responds, maybe a bit sharply, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed." And here comes the zinger: "Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."