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Today's Gospel: John 11:19-27 or Luke 10:38-42 - Memorial of St. Martha
As we celebrate the Memorial of St. Martha today, the Church offers us two options for today’s Gospel. I find it totally fitting here to reflect upon both. That’s because both passages provide different insights into this lovely saint’s relationship with Jesus Christ, and perhaps our own as well.
In John’s gospel, we walk with Martha into a dusty street as she ventures out to meet Jesus. Her brother Lazarus has perished, and she is surely grieving. Unlike her sister Mary, who is more than likely overcome by her sadness and chooses to stay home, Martha ventures out to see Jesus. She is convinced that if Christ had been present, her brother would still be living. Ultimately, when Jesus asks Martha directly if she truly believes that in him, Martha does not hesitate. Her words remind us of one of the most critical portions of the Creed we profess. “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.”
In Luke’s 10th chapter, we meet the side of Martha that most of us probably recognize when we ponder that popular “Am I a Martha or a Mary?” game. Do I prefer to linger with Christ, rapt and attentive like Mary, or am I overburdened—albeit with good intentions—with taking care of the world around me? Here too, we are offered a clear directive by Jesus: He understands Martha’s stress, but reminds her that her sister has chosen “the better part”. Work can wait. Make sure you pay attention to love, to relationships, to the ministry of presence and accompaniment.
Whether I am more Martha or Mary, lingering with the gospels this morning reminds me that there are aspects of Martha’s faith, her service to others, and most especially her love for our Lord, which I deeply desire to emulate in my own life. Just for today, can I quiet my mental to do list and focus more on being fully present to those I will meet along my path? When I do so, may I be as faithful and convicted as Martha was, assured in the truth of my Savior and ready to share His love with others.
Which aspect of St. Martha’s love for Jesus do I want to focus on today? What does her example of true faith teach me about my own belief?
St. Martha, you truly loved and served our Lord, Jesus. Please be with me today as I care for my family and friends, that I may always serve with love and compassion and that I may believe as strongly in our Savior as you did.
Copyright 2020 Lisa M. Hendey
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