When Jesus visited the home of Martha and Mary, what did he expect to receive there? It’s most likely fair and accurate to say he expected to feel welcomed and wanted.
Chances are, he also expected to be fed. We know the house that is good for food and Jesus was no different. In the home of Martha and Mary, he knew there would be welcome and he knew there would be food offered and shared. There can be no doubting that this was the reason he called.
He numbered Martha, Mary and their brother Lazurus among his friends. The story, well known to us, speaks of one sister sitting listening to Jesus and the other preparing food. Jealousy raised its head and the sister in the kitchen challenges Jesus to tell her sister to help her but Jesus insists the other sister has chosen the “better part” – but that’s not the full story.
He needed the sister in the kitchen too. Otherwise from where would come the food? There’s a great consolation offered to us in this story – it is around the many ways we can serve the Lord. Sometimes, like Mary, we can sit and ponder at the Lord’s feet, taking our time and reflecting.
Other times, we are so busy we can scarcely catch our breath but in all we have what it takes to recognise Jesus as friend and to welcome him to the various stages of living in which we find ourselves. It is not a case of “one size fits all” so let Martha, Mary, you and me, find the balance and always, always serve Him