The story of Jesus in the home of Martha and Mary complements
the story of the Good Samaritan, which immediately precedes it
in Luke's Gospel. Both stories are unique to Luke. The story of
the Samaritan opens with the words “a certain man.” Today's
reading opens with the words “a certain woman.” The Samaritan is
an example of how a disciple should see and act. Mary is an
example of how a disciple should listen. Mary, a woman, is a
marginalized person in society, like the Samaritan. Both do what
is not expected of them. As a woman, Mary would be expected,
like Martha, to prepare hospitality for a guest. Here again
Jesus breaks with the social conventions of his time. Just as a
Samaritan would not be a model for neighborliness, so a woman
would not sit with the men around the feet of a teacher.
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SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
July 21, 2019
Both stories exemplify how a disciple is to fulfill the dual
command which begins chapter 10: love of God (Mary) and love of
neighbor (the Samaritan). These are the two essentials of life
in the kingdom. By using the examples of a Samaritan and a
woman, however, Jesus is saying something more. Social codes and
boundaries were strict in Jesus' time. Yet to love God with all
one's heart and one's neighbor requires breaking those rules.
The Kingdom of God is a society without distinctions and
boundaries between its members. It is a society that requires
times for seeing and doing and also times for listening and
learning at the feet of a teacher.
- Excerpted from
Sunday Connection, Loyola Press