Text: Luke 10: 38-42
Synopsis: Martha, frustrated with her sister Mary, tells Jesus to tell Mary to help her in the kitchen. While this story seems to stick in the craw of Type A folks (and rightly so), this is not a story about freeloaders vs. hard-workers. This is a story about Mary, who chooses get schooled by the Rabbi Jesus, even though, in that culture, woman belonged in the kitchen not in the classroom. This act of social overstep is praised by Jesus and share with not Martha, not to her shame but to her inclusion. Jesus schools Martha by inviting her to join Mary and the men as they all learn together at the feet of the Teacher.
Keywords: Jesus, hospitality, education, gender equality, women, inclusion, honor/shame culture, spiritual formation, Sunday School