Sermon for Ninth Pentecost -
Martha & Mary
By Vicar Julie A. Kelly -
When we hear these words, we assume we know what comes next. Drama, mayhem, scary moments and mystery. So, when we hear the story of Martha and Mary, it is equally easy to fall into the habit of assuming we know what the message to follow will be as well.
So when I read this story and recall the messages of society, I become agitated. Like Martha, my heart becomes distracted and upset over preaching this difficult topic that never seems to be realistic. In all honesty, even a sermon that attends to her distraction opposes the message of the Samaritan from last week because that Samaritan got distracted, too and let themself be caught up in the cares and concerns of another when they were already on the road to accomplish something else. They could have been single minded like the priest and Levite on the road- but we all know what Jesus thought of that idea.
The passage says, “Martha welcomed him as a guest.” God is revealed through Christ, who comes to us and accepts our limited welcome and hospitality. God comes to us. Every ONE of us.
Julie A. Kelly
Vicar - Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
Santa Monica, California
Martha & Mary
Sermon for Ninth Pentecost
Written by Julie A. Kelly
July 17, 2016
Mt. Olive Lutheran, Santa Monica, California