"Then Martha would turn back into Mary and protest to the Martha within her"

Christ in the House of Martha and Mary (1618)
Creative Commons AttributionChrist in the House of Martha and Mary (1618) - Credit: Diego Velazquez
In the New Testament, Mary and Martha are the sisters of Lazarus.  When Jesus visits them Mary leaves aside her work to listen to his words, whilst Martha continues to prepare for the arrival of the disciples.  When Martha complains to Jesus about Mary leaving her to do the work, he replies, ""Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."

According to Biblical tradition, Lazarus was later raised from the dead by Jesus whilst Mary is Mary Magdalene.  In the Gnostic Pistis Sophia, describing Sophia's return to the light of God, Martha receives instruction on the repentance she must make in order to reach salvation.