Oh, those two sisters are back again! I am almost embarrassed at how Martha-like I am, "busy with much serving" while Mary, with amazing freedom, didn't "keep her place" in the kitchen with Martha, but took her place as a disciple at the feet of Jesus. And she "listened to his words."
What was he saying? What was it that Jesus taught that day in the house of Bethany? Is there any way I can hear it today?
I think Luke gives it away in that one line: "There is need of only one thing."
Mary would say, as Paul did, "In the one who is the source of my strength, I have strength for everything."