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.