Martha and Mary

The story of Martha and Mary, sisters of Lazarus and friends of Jesus, contains many a helpful lesson. The record of these sisters, as given in the gospels of Luke and John, is one of the most interesting of the Bible narratives; but without Christian Science to interpret it, this story is likely to be one least understood.

In Luke we read of Martha's receiving Jesus in to her house, and of Mary, her sister, sitting listening at the feet of Jesus, and hearing his word. Martha is the housewife of the family, kind of heart and ever ministering to the human needs of others, but apparently perplexed,—"cumbered about much serving;" and she complains to Jesus of Mary's shortcomings. His loving answer to Martha's appeal that Mary should help her is of extraordinary significance: "Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her."

The Cultivated Soil
November 17, 1923

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