The Gospel on Sunday, the 16th in Ordinary Time, has Jesus in Bethany, and – for the Gospels – in an unusual setting. He is not on public display, but a guest in a private home. And he is, seemingly not with the usual band of disciples, but alone, with two women.
And in this domestic setting, confronting seemingly minor irritations, resentments, and maybe jealousy, Jesus offers the simple teaching that what is most important is not our service of him (still less our attempting to impress by our service of him!) but our making time and space to allow him to serve us.
Jesus came to a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking. Now Martha who was distracted with all the serving said, ‘Lord, do you…
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