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Gospel of Luke Chapter 10:38-62

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Chapter 10:38-62

What Do Women Want?

  • During his travels, Jesus enters a village where a woman named Martha is super hospitable.
  • Martha has a sister named Mary, who's sitting at Jesus's feet, listening to his instruction.
  • Meanwhile, Martha's all worked up because of all of the housework, cooking, and serving she's doing.
  • Martha complains to Jesus that her sister's not doing anything, and the burden of hospitality has fallen squarely on her shoulders.
  • She requests Jesus to demand that Mary help her.
  • In reply, Jesus tells her that she's too distracted by worries. Jesus valorizes Mary's choice, and this cannot be taken away from her. 
  • Moral of the story: never do housework.

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