Monologue for Maundy Thursday
HillSong Church, 4-13-17
My name is Martha.
You may have heard of me. But you probably haven’t heard from me. When the Master, that is, Jesus, came to Jerusalem, he often stayed with our family. That’s my sister Mary, my brother Lazarus, and me. When he came, crowds came with him. We were happy to be hosts, but it was a lot of work. I felt like I was constantly cooking and then cleaning and then doing the wash, and then cooking again.
Often, I felt like it was just me. Lazarus of course reclined with the men to hear Jesus teach. And so did Mary! A woman is to manage the home and make sure everyone is cared for. What did Mary do? She sat with the men, taking in the Master’s teaching.
I complained to Jesus about – once. He said Mary chose the better part, leaving me all the work. She often has that faraway look in her eyes, like she knows something the rest of us don’t know. It’s like there’s music playing only Mary can hear. It might be true, but that doesn’t get the dishes washed or the meal cooked. Jesus said Mary made the right choice.
See if I speak up again! Actually, Jesus has always encouraged me to speak. He treats us with a respect no other man have ever given woman. I do love him deeply. And like everyone else, I am amazed by him. I was there when he brought my brother Lazarus back to life. We all believed the resurrection would come for everyone on the last day. He raised Lazarus and after he did that, I wasn’t sure what to think.
I know Jesus has tremendous power and I know he is very close to God. But he says things I don’t understand. He said to me “I am the Resurrection and the Life and who believes in me will never die.” What does that even mean?
Tonight, I am especially worried. There’s something in the air. Normally, this is the kind of thing Mary would fret about. In fact she has been, not exactly fretting, but … She’s been staring into the distance, toward Jerusalem. Her gaze pierces the wind as she goes away in her head. Normally, I would say that’s just Mary being Mary, but here’s the thing. I feel it too.
Tonight is the Passover meal. We were going to have Jesus and disciple to our house, but he’s meeting somewhere else, in the home of a disciple I don’t know. I thought I knew all who followed the Master.
The disciples have been acting funny. Yesterday, I asked Nathanial about it, but he just joked and complimented me on my soup. This morning, I said something to John. He admitted something is up, but he said he didn’t know what.
The Romans have increased their guard in the city. And the high priest in temple is on edge. Everyone can feel it. Something is going to happen, tonight, and I know it has something to do with Jesus. I just don’t know what. I do wish he were having the Passover here.
I have to make bread and get the wine ready. Our old uncle and some cousins are coming. We have to get ready.
(Exits stage with a look of worry)