Martha, Mary and the best portion

Now it happened that, while they were traveling, he entered into a certain town. And a certain woman, named Martha, received him into her home.

And she had a sister, named Mary, who, while sitting beside the Lord’s feet, was listening to his word.

Now Martha was continually busying herself with serving. And she stood still and said:

“Lord, is it not a concern to you that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore, speak to her, so that she may help me.”

And the Lord responded by saying to her: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled over many things.

“And yet only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the best portion, and it shall not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10: 38-42 (Sacred Bible)


Diego Velazquez – Christ in the House of Martha and Mary [c.1618] / Gandalf’s Gallery / Flickr / CC BY NC SA 2.0