(Luke 10:38-42 ;Luke 11:1-13 ; “Praying” by Mary Oliver)
Long ago, my church in England was planning an event – I’ve long since forgotten what it was. All I remember: the priest said, well, someone could bring lunch, just a few chicken sandwiches , that would be easy wouldn’t it? This priest knew more about theology than about food preparation: he didn’t realize to get proper chicken sandwiches, someone first had to cook and dismember a chicken – not exactly a 5 minute project on the way out the door !
Jesus and his travelling troupe didn’t get it either. Poor Martha, toiling away- and remember, no freezer, no microwave, no running water– she had to do it all herself, for people who may have known about as much as my priest about what went into preparing a meal. It’s always bugged me that Jesus criticizes Martha…
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