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Joanna Depue "DJ/Deacon J" writes original songs and liturgies, does daily Farm office work and records Barbara's eMos on The Geranium Farm. A singer and dog trainer she utilizes healing touch in her private massage practice. PLEASE share YOUR original ideas for worship, special liturgies, prayers, songs, sermons and noteworthy blogs right here.
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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Working Women

How many times have I read or heard this Gospel story? I'm certain I can't count them all.  I've even preached on M & M Sunday, mightily restraining myself from getting annoyed that Martha didn't "get no respect".

At least in the NRSV I'm using for this meditation, I've read through and noticed -- for the first time -- that Martha never asked Mary directly to help her with the 'women's work'.  No nudge.  No gesturing or polite 'ahem' is mentioned in this account.

Martha was doing the manual hospitality work.  Mary was working, too.  Mary was engaged in the 'being' hospitality work.  Making Jesus feel at home.  She listened, perhaps ask questions, took it all in.

So - each was working her own way - one as she thought she should, one as she thought she could.  Jesus reminds Martha there are times when doing the right thing can be distracting - attempting to get Mary to help with meal preparation by using Jesus was distracting, and he would have none of it.  After all, this visit wasn't planned.  And I can't recall an account of Jesus complaining about a meal - how and when it was served or whether the meal was unacceptable.

Working women everywhere, take note.  Working together making hospitality seem effortless, is a delightful, blessed gift to all.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really like this. I heard a different, but not too dissimilar sermon by our supply priest Gail Avery on Sunday. Also read a good M&M sermon by SCHC Chaplin Clare Yarbourough on facebook last Sunday. Check it out. Betty L, NH

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