But there is a second kind of focus problem in this story. After all, this text is not about laziness or workoholism- it is about balance. You see, when we preach, teach, or read this story it is easy to place the emphasis on the wrong place. Too many times we place the emphasis on Mary’s sitting at Jesus’ feet or Martha’s business, but I do not think that the emphasis belongs in either of those places. No, after all I do think that there is anything wrong or evil with either of the actions that the ladies in this story are taking part in. In fact, I may even argue that we need both Marys and Marthas in the church. We need Martha’s who will be diligent workers, those who will put in the time and effort that we need to make things work and run in the church. However, we also need Mary’s that will remind us of the importance of sitting at Jesus’ feet, being fully present in the moments of worship and adoration of Chrsit- we need both.