My grandmother died in 2005, on the eve of the feast of Saints Mary and Martha of Bethany. The next day I went to the weekday eucharist at St. James Cathedral in Chicago, and the story of Martha and her sister brought me instantly to tears. Like so many women of her generation (and not only hers), my grandmother was deeply identified with her hospitality and service. She was a lot like Martha, and I loved her for it. I am more troubled now than I was then at the way this story is gendered in our reading.
Season after Pentecost | 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)
Amos 8:1-12; Psalm 52; (Genesis 18:1-10a; Psalm 15;) Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42
Reconciliation requires relocation. To see the effects of our food choices, we have to get close to the land.