Everything I’ve been taught tells me that Martha kind of screwed up in Luke 10.
Consider a different perspective: Jesus stopped by her house along the way and invited himself (plus his entourage) over. Martha was then left to clean-up her home and prepare a last-minute meal for the Savior of the world. Meanwhile her sister Mary was busying herself at the feet of Jesus, hanging on his every word.
Perhaps in Martha’s mind if she doesn’t “do” anything, everyone will go hungry. If she doesn’t “do” something, she might come across as negligent and unprepared. What if she doesn’t get to express her gift of hospitality?
It’s obvious by the way in which Martha speaks to Jesus so forthrightly that there is a deeper relationship here. Hers is not the normal connection with Jesus -filled with awe and wonder only. (How else could she question Jesus so abruptly!?) Maybe those days had passed.
So, what if Martha wasn’t wrong? What if she was expressing a faith that was akin to the busyness of today’s evangelicalism? What if her faith was simply status quo?
What if her ability to worry (i.e. worship one thing over and over again) about Jesus was transferred over to the things of Jesus, rather that Jesus himself?
I understand why Mary was in the right, but I’m not sure that Martha was wrong. I’m also not sure that Martha isn’t me –desperately trying to tie up the loose ends of my life while in full view of Jesus.
A couple years back I started writing my first blog at jasonostranderis.us.
That writing experience was more an exploration of my (then) current state of being, rather than a pronouncement of any type of wisdom or knowledge. The posts were therapeutic and intentionally self-serving; meaning that I was attempting to be "real" in front of an audience that I had for so long been avoiding. I cannot tell you how powerful it was for me.
Now, though, I feel another aching. This aching is similar in that I intend to write again, but different in that I intend to explore more deeply the intersection of the humanity and deity of Jesus. My hope is to provide further investigation of that place where ideas, faith, reason and action collide.
Along the way I'll revisit some of my archived blogs to see where Jesus was woven in - and I'll wrestle with new topics...perhaps topics that you suggest. (Maybe even Nancy will show up...)