Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

July 21, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
311 Blue Grass Trail
Newport, VA
Morris Fleischer

Text:                Luke 10:38-42

Message:         Holy Hospitality

In the familiar story of the conflict between Mary and Martha, Jesus isn’t going after Busy Martha, but Worried and Distracted Martha.  He is speaking to his dear friend who has worked herself into a state of anxious distraction over the meal she wanted to have for him.  In calling Martha to refocus, Jesus reminds us that hospitality is not primarily about food; more important is the focus.

Luke 10:38-42, NRSV

38Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home.  39She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying.  40But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so, she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself?  Tell her then to help me.”  41But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things;42there is need of only one thing.  Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”

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