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Jesus is our human example. I actually take offense at some of the ways some of his words are portrayed in the Bible....Sometimes he comes across as harsh and even judgemental or without empathy. But I remember that these translations, and retellings are, in themselves, less than perfect. Therefore, I look to actions, intent, and some scholarly (not me! others!) research to uncover the Jesus of radical hospitality and unafraid to change the rules a little. I also pray for some revelations. In the Mary and Martha story, I interpreted his words differently and did not take offense. I interpreted that he was telling Martha that less fuss would be better; hospitality in serving one dish with joy and humility would be better than serving many with stress and worry. And Mary was praised for her form of hospitality -- sitting and listening, showing that listening to another is one way to say: you are important, your message matters to me. Traditionally, we serve a meal to show our hospitality to a house guest. Maybe sitting and spending time with them is the better route to take (order in!). I'm not very theological, and nervous to share my ideas with such learned folk as I find on this site, but I thought I'd go out on a limb here and share my thinking.