For those of us who watched “The Brady Bunch as kids, we might remember that classic moment when the middle sister, Jan was whining about not feeling special because her older sister, Marsha seemed always to be in the spotlight.
As a girl with a younger sister who seemed to be the center of everyone’s attention, I can identify!
The gospel lesson this week is the story of two other sisters, Martha and Mary. They couldn’t be more different, and had different ways of being around Jesus. Martha wonders aloud to Jesus why she gets stuck doing all the work while her sister just sits and listens. Jesus’ response to her “Mary has chosen the better part” has always stung me just a little. (Okay, a lot.)
I find that when a text irritates me, that irritation is often the starting point for my study and reflection. So that’s why I’m starting with the gospel this week. How about you?