Texts for Sunday can be found here .
At our house we have been known to become so involved in preparations for guests and trying to meet their real or perceived expectations that we wind up...well, not paying as much attention as we should to them: engaging in genuine, mindful conversation with them; listening to them, simply enjoying their presence. We're too busy plying them with food and drink or fiddling with the music or scurrying off to fix some last-minute housecleaning oversight to be entirely present for them; which in fact defeats the whole idea of hospitality.
That seems to be the dynamic at the house of Martha and Mary in our Sunday's Gospel lesson, where Jesus gives Martha a priority readjustment.
It's a lesson that seems at once so straightforward but at the same time fraught preacherly pitfalls: inadvertently pitting the "Marys" of the Church versus the "Marthas" and disrespecting the practical vocations in our faith communities that keep things running; either ignoring the social contexts that make this interaction between Jesus and the two women really interesting and indeed revolutionary, or inadvertently framing the sermon as primarily a "girrrl thing" that fails to engage the male members of the congregation.
Those are things I'm thinking about, anyway, as I prepare for my sermon on Sunday. How about you? What will you have to say about Jesus, Mary and Martha? Or are you sermonizing on one of our other very preachworthy lessons? Or are you going off the script altogether? As always, share your ideas here.