A remarkable story in the Gospel
. I read it first years ago, bored out of my mind
in church. So bored that I read the lectionary
. It is a short story only a few lines actually. They are related to Lazarus
arrives for a meal. Mary
(perhaps Mary Magdalene
?) sits with him and talks. Martha
gets busy preparing things for the meal and at some point complains to Jesus that Mary isn't doing anything. And Jesus says something like 'Martha you are busy and anxious and concerned about the things of the world - Mary has chosen the better part and that won't be taken from her'.
There is something clear and precise about the story. Like a Zen koan
or one of the passages from the Tao Te Ching
. I had chills but not in a religious-conversion-type way. Very down to earth, practical advice. 'Don't complain. You make your choices and can't really hold on to the resentment against others for their choices...'
Yup, call me Martha...