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Text: “But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me” – Luke 10:38-42.

Comment: When Jesus Christ visited Bethany where Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead, resided, they made supper for him and, while Martha served, Mary anointed the feet of Jesus with a very expensive ointment and wiped his feet with her hair. It would be recalled that in the passage, Martha was recorded as being “cumbered about much serving” whereas Mary “sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word”. When Martha complained, the Saviour declared, “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”. (Luke 10:41,42) Apostle John's account says that while Martha served, Mary did a nobler work in using “a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair”. (John 12:1-3). This attracted the Saviour's commendation that what she had done was for his burial. Thus, while Martha made good use of her time with the Lord, Mary made a much better use of the time, because of spiritual-mindedness. She therefore received a greater blessing.

St. Matthew's record says that a woman poured very precious ointment on the head of Jesus Christ for which the Lord commanded that what she did should be mentioned wherever the gospel is preached. (Matthew 26:6-13) “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” - Galatians 6:10.

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