Fall’s Foods-of-the-Month: Dinner with Martha and Mary!

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 in Faith, Food and Fitness | 69 comments

Do you ever feel time is flying by–uncontrollably fast?  That it was just August, and you blinked, and now it’s November?  That’s how I feel!  I think, as a mom, the Fall months are especially susceptible to disappearing before our eyes.  With two kids in high school, one in junior high, and one in elementary school, “normal” life is already full; add on all the extra, unforeseen events–happy or difficult–and somehow the end of summer has become the beginning of winter.  During these months my blog has had to take backseat to other priorities.  But there’s always a silver lining….

Back in September, while contemplating my “Food-of-the-Month,” I happened to read the story of Martha and Mary in Luke 10:38-42.  I’m guessing I had been praying for HELP in juggling the many activities, needs and concerns in my family’s life with my own when Jesus‘ words became personal to me.  Instead of “Martha, Martha…” I heard “Laurie, Laurie, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”    

I LOVE that “the word of God is living and active” (Hebrews 4:12)!           

What had Mary chosen?  This dear woman “sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said” (verse 19).  Jesus’ instruction to Martha–and to you and me–doesn’t get much more clear!  It may not have made sense to Martha to stop what she was doing (most likely dinner preparations FOR Jesus!), but this was her Savior’s advice; her role was to follow.  When we, too, are incredibly busy, it may not seem logical to be still and spend time with God, but this is Jesus’ word to us.  As a wise friend once enlightened me, Jesus didn’t go to Martha’s and Mary’s house to be fed; He went there to “feed.”

“…Jesus declared, ’I am the bread of life.  He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty…. I am the living bread that came down from heaven.  If a man eats of this bread, he will live forever’” (John 6:35,51).

Let’s be still and “eat” with Martha and Mary!  In doing so, we’ll also get caught up with September’s, October’s and November’s Foods-of-the-Month.  Normally I’d focus on nutritional benefits, but today my listening ears tell me to go a different direction… I imagine Jesus would be serving food for the heart and soul.

Bread, fish and olive oil.  (Pictured above is an original olive press located “across the street” from what is thought to be Peter’s mother-in-law’s house in Capernaum.)  Three common foods Martha may have had on hand, and that Jesus used in His teachings.  Perhaps their meal would have started something like this:  “When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.  Then their eyes were opened….” (Luke 24:30-31).

Wow.  How AMAZING it would be to dine with Jesus!  But we don’t have to wonder what He might say; we can read the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and “hear” for ourselves.  He wants to give us “our daily bread” and open our eyes, too (Matthew 6:11)!

Maybe the Savior of the world wanted to remind the sisters He was capable of performing miracles.  Perhaps He told them about the time He took “five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven… gave thanks and broke the loaves…. He also divided the two fish among them all.  They all ate and were satisfied…. The number of men who had eaten was five thousand” (Mark 6:41-44).  5,000!  Maybe God wants US to know He can still perform miracles in OUR lives–today!

Or perhaps Jesus wanted Martha and Mary to know of His healing, soothing love and recited the story of the Good Samaritan, where oil was poured on the man’s near fatal wounds (see Luke 10:30-37).  Maybe He taught the sisters about the dove which returned to Noah’s ark with a “freshly plucked olive leaf,” signifying hope and new life (Genesis 8:11).  What a remarkable moment if Jesus explained Isaiah’s prophetic words about the “oil of gladness” replacing sadness (Isaiah 61:3).  How blessed we are that Jesus–the very fulfillment of this prophecy–STILL brings beauty out of our ashes today.

The possibilities of what Jesus might have said are, of course, endless, but of one thing we can be certain:  His words of truth and love were divine “comfort food,” providing everlasting satisfaction.  And all these centuries later, they still are.

The next time we eat bread, fish or olive oil, I pray we’ll be reminded to stop and savor time with God.  May we not only read His Word but LISTEN to what Jesus has to say to our individual heart and mind.  “Here I am!  I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).

What an AWESOME invitation!  I hope you enjoy a LAVISH feast!


  1. Beautiful thoughts, Laurie…and aptly timed! Thank you.

    • My pleasure, Nancy:) Thank you for reading and replying! May you be blessed “feasting” with Jesus this Advent Season:)

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