An excerpt from today's sermon:
Every three years this lectionary text from Luke comes around and I have to wonder just how many sermons – including those previously done by me – have been crafted around the contemplativeness of Mary vs. the busyness of Martha.
Stories and parables are used in an overall narrative to make a particular point, they are not the full picture. Judging Martha in this context alone would be like going to the Louvre Museum and focusing intently on only the lower right hand corner of the Mona Lisa.
I received an email from one of the 'Martha's' in our church that thanked me for giving a hug, instead of point the finger. That was cool.