Mazzone Palmberg, Christa

Christa Mazzone Palmberg is the Associate for Pastoral Care & Administration at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Mercer Island, Wash. Christa is a licensed minister and has worked as an organizer with several nonprofits, including Sojourners in Washington, D.C.

Entertaining the Divine (Fall/Winter 2013)

I have to be honest. I’ve never liked the story of Mary and Martha. It’s one of those biblical texts that strikes a nerve deep inside me and makes me feel judged; makes me feel like a bad Christian. Every time I hear Jesus’s words to Martha it’s as if he’s speaking directly to me. Shaking his head disapprovingly and saying, “Christa, Christa, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken from her.”