Today is the memorial of Saint Martha, a saint that I can easily relate to, as we are much alike. Now, you cannot call me a saint. However, we both share the same desire to complete our chores. We have priorities. And yet, like Martha, I tend to let those priorities get in the way of the better part; that of listening to Jesus.
Martha, the Worry Wart
As we read in the Gospel passage from Luke, Martha, the sister of Mary and Lazarus, was always concerned with the chores and serving:
Martha “had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha burdened with much serving, came to him and said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.’ The Lord said to her in reply, ‘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’” (Luke 10:39-42).
Like Martha, I fixate on the daily to-do list. I sometimes forget to stop and simply listen to Jesus. I always say that I want to be more like Mary, yet I find myself acting more like Martha.
Saint Martha, the Believer
We see Martha, once again, in the Gospel of John, due to the death of her brother Lazarus. As Jesus arrives in the village, Martha
…went to meet him, but Mary sat at home. Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.’ Jesus replied, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to him, ‘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 11:20-27).
Again, I can relate to Saint Martha. I, too, believe in the power of Jesus Christ as my Savior and Redeemer, just like she did. Today, let us ask Saint Martha to pray for us. Let us ask God to grant us the depth of faith possessed by this beloved saint.
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