We listen to scholars who study the bible. How about artists too? Here’s the 13th century Tuscan artist, Giovanni di Milano, looking into Luke’s gospel about Jesus with Martha and Mary at Bethany.
The artist adds some delightful details of his own to Luke’s account. He’s let his imagination roam. The table’s set for four people. That would be Jesus, Lazarus, Mary and Martha.
But, who are those others coming in the door? Obviously, they’re Jesus’ disciples, led by Peter. One of them gestures towards Peter, as if saying, “He told us to come.”
Poor Martha in her apron holds up her hands, “What are we going to do?”
There will be no miracle, except the miracle of Martha’s hospitality.
More than four are going to be fed.
We need to read the gospels like this too.
Almighty ever-living God, your Son was welcomed in Martha’s house as a guest, grant, we pray, that through her intercession, serving Christ faithfully in our brothers and sisters, we may be received by you in the halls of heaven.Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.