Story of Martha and Mary. There were stories of mothers and wives who were these two people. These are Lazarus’ sisters, but before the time that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead as reported in John 11. This is in a reading talking about a work ethic. Sometimes you have to chose the right attitude towards work, sometimes we are too busy to see the lovely tree in the forest. Was Martha too busy with daily things to learn what really mattered. Jesus told Martha to stop worrying so much and pay attention to what he was saying. Jesus calls Martha to be a disciple and learn from Him. Maybe we need others to step up and help Martha with her work. Both men and woman could be a Martha and be so busy about the arrangements. Martha was admonishing Jesus to tell Mary to work. The point of the story is that we should be listening to the Word that Jesus brings to us.
We read the Lord’s prayer. Is the form more important than the words? It appears that John the Baptist had prayers giving his disciples the form to pray. He didn’t tell us to ask for specific things but rather to keep his name holy and wish for the kingdom of God to come. Luther thought the fewer the words the better the prayer. It seems that there is very little in the Lord’s prayer that would suggest that praying for anything more than our daily sustenance is what we should do. It doesn’t suggest that we should pray for things or successes or relief from pain or to be saved from tornadoes or anything of that nature. Pray for a right relationship with God and that our sins should be forgiven. If we are in the right relationship with God, we will have what is needful.