It is interesting to see where Luke places this story of Martha and Mary. It is inserted between the story of the Good Samaritan and Jesus’ teaching on prayer. In the Good Samaritan we concentrate on SERVICE. In his other teaching, Jesus concentrates on PRAYER. In today’s gospel we have a picture of both, Mary who is absorbed in prayer, Martha who is taken up in work. Jesus points out what is absolutely necessary in our life, namely our time of prayer.