This story of Jesus visiting with the two of them has gotten a lot of attention.
We are drawn to look at Mary, as she sits and listens to the teacher, to Jesus.
It is an important image in several ways.
First is the way contained in the phrase I just used:
“As she sits and listens to the teacher, to Jesus.”
Quite shocking for the time:
“She listened” - in that time, it was the men who were expected to listen to the teachers. And teachers were expected to spend time with the men.
Scott Hoezee, writing for the Centre for excellence in preaching, notes:
"Strange, isn’t it? For ever-so-long now the Church has often been seen by those outside of the Church—and not infrequently by even a good many folks inside the Church—as being a kind of exclusive club. "
The Gospel reading today is not the easiest one to deal with.
Jesus has gone, with his disciples, into Gentile territory. But he was not there to focus on the people of the place. Still, he needed to rest, and so he went into a house, hoping for some quiet time. We don’t know whose house it was.