A young boy found a dime laying in the road. “This is it!” he thought to himself. Thereafter he always walked with his head down, eyes on the road. Reportedly, after fifty years he had accumulated a treasure consisting of forty-one miles of string, 8,000 elastic bands, 26,000 assorted buttons, more than 50,000 pins, and $6.58 in loose change, a bent back and a sour disposition. The story symbolizes the unrewarding life-state of the “Marthas” of this world to whom Jesus speaks in today’s Gospel Lesson.
Jesus comes to preach in a certain village. Two sisters, Martha and Mary, invite Him to their home. When He arrives, Mary seats herself “at the Lord’s feet” to listen to His words. Martha has a different priority. She busies herself, in Luke’s words, “with all the details of hospitality.” Moreover, she is annoyed because Mary has given her full attention to Jesus. “Lord, are You not concerned that my sister has left me to do the household…
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