From Pastor Cheryl Hoffman's sermon for Sunday, June 19, 2022 Readings: Luke 10:38-42.
As Martha, sister to Mary & Lazarus:
I remember that day like it was yesterday.
I wish I could forget it.
Even more, I wish I could take it all back – undo it, have a second chance.
Have you had days like that?
Days where you get it all wrong and everyone knows it?
Days where you should have known better but didn’t?
Well, let me tell you about my very bad... no, good day, and just maybe you won’t make the same mistake I did.
It was a beautiful early summer day.
It was a little warm but not too warm.
The birds were singing.
The air was perfumed with the scents of lavender and herbs.
The children were running about while the women chatted around the town well.
It was a perfect, gentle, quiet summer day.
That all changed when my little sister, Mary, came charging into town waving her hands above her head shouting my name.
“Martha, Martha,” she yelled.
“Come quick, the Master is coming for dinner.”
She was breathing so hard that none of us could understand a single word.
When she finally calmed down I made her drink some water and start from the beginning.
She told us she had gone with our brother Lazarus to see Jesus and his disciples a couple of towns over.
I scolded her for tagging along and not staying here with the women.
She said she was sorry, but that I should be glad she went, because Lazarus had invited Jesus for dinner, and Lazarus had sent her home so we would have some time to prepare.
At first there was pure silence, and then I and all the other women jumped up at once and began screaming, “What! Jesus is coming? Here? Tonight? For dinner? With his disciples?”
Mary just kept nodding her head.
“Yes, Jesus is coming here, tonight, for dinner.”
I wanted to slap her and my brother Lazarus.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Jesus.
He is like a member of the family, and he is welcome here any time.
But, 30 minutes isn’t enough time to prepare the house, a meal, dessert, and make myself presentable for Jesus, himself, let alone Jesus and his disciples –
And who knows how many other guests he will bring?