It’s interesting that we often hear of the husband being the head of the wife. In Luke’s story of the family of Mary and Martha there appears to be no husband or children. As woman friends of Jesus, Mary and Martha, gave him welcome in different ways: listening to and serving him. Home life in Jesus’ day was well ordered: Martha probably was head of the household, a manager providing well. Mary welcomed Jesus as a disciple and follower. We welcome our guests too – as best we can, by giving food as well as by listening.
At that time Jesus entered a village, and a woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary who sat at the Lord’s feet and listening to his teaching. From Luke 10:38-42
Pope Francis: it is not enough to show generic concern for the family in pastoral planning. Enabling families to take up their role as active agents of the family apostolate calls for an effort at evangelisation and catechesis inside the family. AL 200