What was Mary’s posture with Jesus? How was this different from Martha’s posture? What was Jesus’ gentle critique for Martha?
What were the cultural norms and expectations of women at this point in time, and how did those expectations shape Martha and Mary’s behavior? What was Jesus saying about those norms and expectations?
What distracts you from sitting at Jesus’ feet? What are the ways in which you can be worried and upset, distracted and harried, even when you are serving Jesus?
How does our hurry, worry, and anxiety affect the people around us and our capacity to share the love of God?
What does this passage say about the sort of attitudes should we have as we serve the Lord?
Take a moment to do the Prayer of Examen for 5 minutes together. You can either watch this week’s small group video for a short version, or watch Pastor Jeanine’s longer version here: Prayer of Examen. At the end, discuss:
What was helpful about that practice?
What was uncomfortable about that practice?
How might the Prayer of Examen sharpen your focus on Jesus in your daily life?