True Hospitality by Pope Francis
In the gospel story about Martha and Mary (Lk 10:38-42), Jesus tells of a visit to the home of two sisters. Both welcome the Lord, but they do so in different ways.
Mary sits at Jesus’ feet and listens to his words (cf. v. 39), whereas Martha is completely caught up in preparing food for him. It is Mary’s way that Jesus praises.
In bustling about and busying herself, Martha risks forgetting—and this is the problem—the most important thing, which is the presence of the guest, Jesus in this case. She forgets about the presence of the guest.
A guest is not merely