*Gospel Luke 10:38-42 *
The story of Martha and Mary follows Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan. In that parable, the Samaritan obeys the commandment of love by coming to the rescue of a man victimized by robbers even if the victim is an "enemy" (a Jew) and risking ritual impurity by approaching a person presumed dead.
In Mary the evangelist gives another illustration of loving. It consists in sitting at Jesus' feet and listening to Him.
Some people do not have the opportunities to practice "active" services, like ministering directly to the poor and the sick. Contemplative religious, for example spend their whole lives within the convent or monastery, working and praying and meditating on the Word of God. But they are as useful and as effective as anyone else for building the Kingdome of God here on earth.
Like Mary, they have found their place in the heart of the Christian community, and this place will not be taken away from them.