Mary was the sister of Martha and Lazarus, who lived in Bethany. Jesus and His disciples often rested at their house and the two sisters would look after them. They were Jesus' great supporters and friends too.
During Jesus’ first visit to their home, Martha complained to Him about Mary not helping her with the meal preparation. Mary had been sitting at this great Teacher's feet, listening with great interest to all He had to say. Martha, on the other hand, was anxious to provide for her guest's comfort and in her anxiety, she forgot the courtesy due to this special Guest.
Jesus answered her with mild, patient words: “Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
Mary had learned to seek out what was most important—a relationship with Jesus.