Here's a different rendering of Martha and Mary in this coming Sunday's gospel story. Although the scene is a bit dated, there's something about the relatively contemporary aspects of it that bring home at least one important element of the scripture's message.
Here, in Maud Sumner's painting, the two sisters appear without a trace of Jesus in the frame.
Update: Keen observer/reader Samantha asks in the combox about the identity of the "man in the background..." I confess I had missed him entirely! I responded to Samantha's question in the combox - take a look at my reply and add your own thoughts there...
Still, you can almost read Martha's mind:"Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?"
Luke's recounting of this story tells us that Martha was "anxious and worried." What other words describe Martha's countenance? And what do you see on Mary's face?
For the scripture texts for this coming weekend's liturgy and for commentary on them to help you understand, see this earlier post.
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