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July 19, 2010

What would Martha do?

Martha StewartSo in church Sunday, they did that reading where Martha's in the kitchen, slaving away, while her sister, Mary, is lounging around listening to Jesus.

And when Martha finally says, "Hey, I could use a hand in here," their divine houseguest takes Mary's side.

What's with that?!!

Jesus tells Martha not to worry about housework. Sounds good, but if they all put their feet up, who's going to keep the pita and hummus coming?

If only Jesus had come through with another loaves-and-fishes miracle. "Have a seat, Martha. I've got dinner covered." Or rolled up the sleeves of that seamless robe and pitched in with the dishes.

But nooo. Anybody else find this annoying?

Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 6:16 PM | | Comments (7)


And the Catholic church is still a patriarchy today.

The moral of that story seemed especially weird, coming after a reading from Genesis describing Abraham bending over backwards to make some travelers welcome. Man, that sounded like quite the spread -- roasted steer, rolls.

Other Christian scripture sets the bar for good hosting way lower: please don't sodomize the guests.

Perhaps the takeaway is somewhere in the middle: don't rape or pillage visitors, but don't work so hard that you miss out on the actual visit, either.

i like this article: let's hear it for both Martha's! And whatever else you think, martha Stewart has always been a hardworking cook who produces recipes that reliably work.

Yes, I have always identified with Martha (the original, the current one not so much), so I also find this story annoying. In a perfect world, Jesus would have said, "Hey, let's all go help out in the kitchen! You wash, I'll dry."

I don't suppose that anyone would take that rebuke from Jesus well at first. I guess the point is to pay closer attention when God shows up at your house and wants to tell you something. :)

please don't sodomize the guests.

What about giving them a little Gomorrah for the road?

I always identify with the good brother in the prodigal son story, myself.

Anyone know where I can get some fatted calf?

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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