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This painting by Vincenzo Campi is called “Christ in the House of Mary and Martha” (date unknown) based upon the passage in Luke 10:38-42 where Jesus is visiting the house of the two sisters. Martha is upset that she cannot pay attention to Jesus because of her many household tasks. When she mentions to Jesus that she isn’t getting any help from her sister, he tells her that Mary has made the right choice to sit at his feet this day. Today is Saturday, a day of weekend relaxation for many, a day of catching up on household chores for others. Whatever this day is for you, take some time to sit at Jesus’ feet and ponder theology ( your thoughts on God), to read scripture, to enjoy a devotional, to pray, to consider all the blessings you have received at God’s hand and be thankful. Like the Martha in the painting, there will always be plenty to do and things overflowing your plate, but Jesus is waiting for you. Be Mary, and spend some time with him this day. You won’t regret it.