Martha was one of those who gave hospitality to Jesus during His public ministry. Thus, in the course of those wanderings which began when “he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerus” (Lk 9:51), he “entered into a certain village”–its name is not stated–and “a certain woman named Martha received him into her house” (Lk 10:38).

Martha, whose sense of responsibility as hostess weighed heavily upon her, was “cumbered about much serving,” and her indignation was aroused at the lack of assistance given to her by her sister. Martha is the practical productive woman. We all have a productive side of us. Martha, it does seem as if her character is more fully revealed than that of many other females.

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