Martha and Mary
In this picture of Jesus, the two women shown are Martha and Mary with Jesus. Mary is the one sitting on the floor listening intently to what Jesus was saying and Martha is the one stirring the bowl. If you look closely at Martha, you will see that Martha’ eyes are fixated away from Jesus. This is all based off of Luke 10:38-42. When Jesus had come to Martha’ village, she invited Him into her house and started prepping a meal for Him. Mary her sister, chose to listen to what Jesus had to say instead of helping her sister Martha in the kitchen. Martha of course was upset about this. She, I assume, wanted to hear what Jesus had to say too, but wanted to get her preparations done first. I am also assuming that since Martha invited Jesus into her house, she would most likely be preparing a meal for Jesus and His disciples, so to her, it probably seemed like there was a lot of work to be done that couldn’t wait. Any woman would understand this dilemma. Martha went to Jesus to try to point out this injustice and Jesus gently rebuked her. He told her “You are worried about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” I have heard a few sermons on this story, each telling a different side. One feels that what Martha was doing was necessary because if she hadn’t, there would be no food for the disciples, and the other feels that Martha should have just dropped everything and done what Mary was doing. The first part where people felt that Martha and Mary were both doing the right thing compared this to today, where there was the people of the church and there were the helpers of the church. The people would sit and listen to what the preacher had to say and the helpers did things like preparing the communion, helping in kids church, and helping with the video slides. These people were doing things that had to be done, but at the same time, they were not being able to join in on the full experience of church, but since these things had to be done, they did it. I personally feel though, that the second opinion is more accurate and comparing it to the church experience isn’t exactly like not sitting down with Jesus. The people who help out at church usually attend other events in the church and they are alone, they will spend time meditating and praying to God. They get their own time with God, while Martha was missing everything and not getting time to be taught by God. Another point I have is this, When Jesus needed food and drink for 5,000 people, he got it. So, couldn’t you say that the preparations Martha were doing weren’t totally necessary. Plus wouldn’t Jesus rather have spent time with Martha, than eat her food? Jesus even tells Martha that Mary is making a better choice and that she worries too much. I think the point of this story is, look at what you are doing for God and see if these things you are doing are necessary and if so, are you still giving God the time you should be giving him, to meditate and pray in His presence.