Tintoretto – Christ in the House of Martha and Mary 1570-75
Oil on canvas, 200 x 132 cm – Alte Pinakothek, Munich
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A woman in a church I served claimed that we needed to come to the defense of Martha in this story. After all, she was offering hospitality and needed her sister’s help.
Yet instead of quietly, politely asking her sister to help, Martha turns to the guest and scolds Jesus for not sending Mary her way! Beneath this charming incident that only Luke reports, there are two kinds of dispositions. Martha is the impulsive type, quick to help another right away; Mary is open, receptive, needing time with Jesus before she does anything else.
There comes a time to move from the feet of Jesus to share more widely, as the Gadarene demoniac of a few chapters before. However, beware of the Martha in you who has no time to be at the feet of Jesus—being first fed by the one whom she will later serve. If you never rest and listen at Jesus’ feet, what good is it wherever else you go?
Welcoming You into my home v. 38
Sitting at Your holy feet v. 39
Letting go of distractions v. 40
Choosing first to be with You v. 42
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