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“few things are needed—or indeed only one”

Posted by Holger:

Not to scare anyone,
but somehow this Bible passage came up:


Mary and Martha were sisters?

Yes, Mary and Martha were indeed sisters according to the Bible. They are mentioned in the New Testament, primarily in the Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of John.

In the Gospel of Luke (Luke 10:38-42), there’s a famous account where Jesus visits the home of Mary and Martha:

“38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’

41 ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’”

This passage illustrates Martha’s busyness with preparations while Mary sits and listens to Jesus, prompting Jesus to praise Mary’s choice to listen over Martha’s distractions.

In the Gospel of John, Mary and Martha are mentioned in the story of the resurrection of Lazarus (John 11:1-44). This account describes how Jesus, upon hearing of Lazarus’ illness, visits their home and later raises Lazarus from the dead.

So yes, Mary and Martha were sisters, and they played significant roles in the life and ministry of Jesus.


Someone once recommended to me:
read the Bible as if it were written only for you!

Not as stories in space and time,
but as timeless principles of life…

To welcome the recalibration of attention;
from a fragmented “me” to
the peace and joy of “I am”.


Interesting, how Consciousness/Awareness/Presence
are much more clinical terms.
Sometimes “God” – another word for “I don’t know” –
resonates differently, feels more comfy.

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Created: May 13, 2024 
Last modified: May 13, 2024

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