Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative to present Jesus in the context he walked in with the unknown disciple that narrates introducing my thoughts and sparking more ideas with his questions. Enjoy.
We started tracing the messengers’ steps through the cities. One village was named Bethany, close to Jerusalem. Not long after we arrived, a woman named Martha opened her home to us.
We sat in the living area in the large home. I watched Martha run around preparing food and to make us comfortable. Hospitality is one of the highest virtues.
She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. I wondered about that. Why wasn’t she helping her sister?
Instead, she literally took the position of a disciple alongside us. This is undoubtedly a bit scandalous for a woman to be taught the Torah in depth by a rabbi unless they learned it at home. That was rare.
Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him, frustrated, asking, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” Jesus answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
That settled it. The better choice. It wasn’t the one I was quite expecting either.