Homily for Wednesday, July 29, 2015 – Feast of St. Martha


Today is the Feast of St. Martha, a memorial on the Church’s calendar, and the day we commemorate Martha, the sister of Mary and of Lazarus, and who is remembered for being a bit of a worry-wart. The Bible tells us that when Christ visited their home, Martha busied herself with cooking, and serving, and doing all of the things that a person has to do when hosting a party. Mary, on the other hand, sat and listened to Jesus. Martha, understandably, was a smidge put out and thought that her sister should be helping with the housework. However, when she appealed to Jesus in hopes that He would send Mary to help, she was told “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”

Harold_Copping_Jesus_at_the_home_of_Martha_and_Mary_400This seems like a good time to remind that at Our Lady of Lourdes, we are learning to get over ourselves.

Yes; Martha was anxious and worried about many things. But that is not all of her story. She was also a woman of profound faith and insight. When her brother Lazarus died, understood that if Jesus had been there, He could have healed her brother. She tells this to Jesus, and He tells her that her brother will rise. Then she speaks words of profound insight: “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.” This is a statement of faith; it is one that would not have been as universally accepted then as it is now. There were sects of Judaism that did not believe in life after death.

Recognizing her faith, Christ tells her something amazing: “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and anyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”

I am the resurrection and the life, Church of St Lazarus, Bethany

Then Christ asks her simply if she believes Him, and she says, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.”

We should all pray for the faith of Martha, who believed in the Christ and was rewarded for her faith. We should all pray for the grace to see Our Lord as He truly is: the Christ, the Son of the Living God, who came into the world for our salvation.


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