Milwaukee, WI: A group of women met in the St. Anselm's Church basement yesterday afternoon for the first meeting of the "Mary Over Martha" support group, known by its motto, "Dirtyness Is Next To Godliness".
"I've been hearing that 'cleanliness is next to godliness' crap all my life...my own mother told me the Bible said it, so I had to go clean my room this instant. But the Mary and Martha story--where Mary sits at the foot of Jesus, and Martha complains to no avail about housework--has liberated me from false idols. I wanted to share that message with other women in the parish," said Mary Elizabeth Tilliam.
Apparently the message of "listening to Jesus beats doing housework" has struck a chord. One hundred and fifty-five women showed at the first meeting to pray, and then burn their dishclothes in a ritual symbol of detachment from the idol of housework. The first meeting's selected topic was "How to wean yourself from addiction to Flylady.com." "It was an animated discussion," Said Tilliam. "We knew we had a couple of hard-core addicts when they said they would have to leave early, since today was a cleaning out the closet day. But other women openly wept, saying the chains of bondage were broken for the first time in their life."
When asked who exactly was going to pick up the slack in people's increasingly dirty houses, Tilliam replied "Actually, we're just advocating that adults cook and clean for themselves, and that time with Jesus through prayer be a first priority in one's life. If there is a little dirt...well, it's dirt for the kingdom. Jesus Christ said there was only one thing necessary, and I'm guessing it wasn't Lysol."