story of Mary and Martha in Luke we observe two aspects of
life. They are the active work life verses the contemplative
life. Many are so consumed by the active work life that there
is no time left for contemplation. In this story Jesus
commends Mary for choosing the better thing.
most likely felt that is was necessary for someone to prepare a
meal for the guests; a nice meal. It probably wasn't just
Jesus but included his 12 disciples. That was work and she
felt Mary should be helping. The dynamics are somewhat speculative.
It was Mary's home so was she a widow? Was Mary her sister
not married? How did it come to be that their brother
Lazarus also apparently was part of the household? We
don't know for sure.
chose to sit at the Lord's feet and listen. That was kind
of unusual for a Rabbi to be teaching with a women being part of
Christian life is not just a system of doing; the active work
life. It is about relationship. It is finding time
to listen to God. We should make time in our lives to
abide, being and thinking, not just always doing.