Today is the Feast of Saint Martha, sister of Lazarus and Mary, and friend of Jesus. Martha always gets compared to her sister, Mary, for Martha was the diligent sister who attended to the household chores. Mary, on the other hand, cast those chores aside to sit at the feet of Jesus, whenever He spoke. From today’s passage, however, both women cast aside their chores to grieve the death of their brother, Lazarus.
When Jesus arrives to visit with Martha and Mary, Jesus conducts an interchange with Martha that should enlighten the faith within us all.
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.” Martha said to him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (John 11:23-26).
Saint Martha and the Testimony of Faith
On the heels of this major declaration, Jesus asks this piercing question: “Do you believe this?” (John 11:26). We all know how Saint Martha responded. She said, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that You are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world” (John 11:27). My question for you is: How would you respond if Jesus asked you this question? Can you give the same convicted response as Saint Martha? Or, might you waver with doubt?
Let Saint Martha give you the inspiration to believe in the power and might, the life-giving force of Jesus. Then you, too, will be able to give Jesus the same response, “Yes Lord. I believe.”
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