To judge from the story of the Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), Martha should have been praised for her practical service to Jesus. Her action, in fact, is neither praised nor condemned, but she is challenged to consider her priorities. The whole gospel is not contained in loving service to others, no matter how important that is. Christian discipleship is first and foremost personal adherence to Jesus. There must be time to listen to his “word” (v. 39: singular in Greek); devotion to Jesus is the “one thing required.” This relationship shows itself in loving service, but without prayer, care for others’ needs may not be love. The Good Samaritan parable and the story of Martha and Mary, then, serve to illustrate the double commandment (10:27) in reverse order: the action of the Samaritan emphasizes love of neighbor; the action of Mary emphasizes love of God.