Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saint Martin of Tours Church
Louisville, KY
Lectionary: 108

Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. 

Martha, Martha
Martha, Martha,
Hello, Martha,
Earth to Martha,
Jesus to Martha,
Come in, Martha
Martha, my love, my friend,
My dearest, dear friend
I know, I know,
You’re upset.
I’m sorry, Martha.
We crashed in on you like this;
You weren’t expecting such a crowd.
I wasn’t either,
I don’t know where they came from.
It’s okay, Martha.
Just open a can of beans,
Boil some potatoes.
We’re simple folks, Martha.
We don’t need much;
We don’t expect all that much.
Martha, you are so dear to me.
Come sit with Mary for a while.
I know.
She’s been sitting here,
You think she’s doing nothing
But she’s been listening
And that’s just what I want her to do.
Take a break, Martha.
Let’s sing a few songs,
We’ll all sing together.
Everybody now,
Peace is flowing like a river,
That’s it.
Oh yeah, I remember,
You hate that song,
Of course you do.
Now you’re laughing,
That’s my girl.
Ah, Martha, you are so dear to me.

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