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“But you, Martha, if I may say so, are blessed for your good service, and for your labours you seek the reward of peace. Now you are much occupied in nourishing the body, admittedly a holy one.
But when you come to the heavenly homeland will you find a traveller to welcome, someone hungry to feed, or thirsty to whom you may give drink, someone ill whom you could visit, or quarrelling whom you could reconcile, or dead whom you could bury?
No, there will be none of these tasks there. What you will find there is what Mary chose. There we shall not feed others, we ourselves shall be fed.”
Saint Augustine: Sermon 104: “The Treatise on Martha and Mary – Two Lives.”
From the Office of Readings for the Memorial of Saint Martha, 29th July.
The engraving above is “Christ in the house of Martha and Mary” by Antoine Coypel. c1700.
© 2014 Auckland Art Gallery
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