Loading
Faithful to honor life of St. Martha

.- On Wednesday, the Church will celebrate the feast day of St. Martha, a contemporary of Christ who is mentioned in both the Gospels of Luke and John.

St. Martha lived in the time of Jesus. She, along with her brother Lazarus and sister Mary had a special friendship with the Lord. The Scriptures tell us, "Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister and Lazarus" (John 11:5).

This friendship with Christ is illustrated in the three Gospel passages in which Martha is mentioned. Through her example in these Gospel stories, Martha teaches Christians about faith, love, and service to the Lord.

Martha first appears in Scripture in Luke 10:38-42. Martha and Mary receive Jesus as a guest into their home. Martha immediately strives to show him hospitality, and becomes "burdened with much serving," while Mary simply sits at the feet of Christ, "listening to Him speak."

Frustrated and overwhelmed, Martha turns to Jesus, asking Him to intervene, saying, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me."

Jesus responds to Martha by saying, "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."

With this response, Jesus reminds Martha, and us, that listening to Him is the most important thing in life, and warns against the many daily worries that can distract us and prevent us from putting Him first in all things.

Martha is then seen putting her faith in Christ above all when she next appears in Scripture in John 11:1-53, mourning outside the tomb of her brother Lazarus who had died four days earlier. When she hears that Jesus is coming, she immediately goes up to meet Him.

Martha professes her faith in Jesus, saying, "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."

When Christ proclaims himself to be "the resurrection and the life," Martha responds with an affirmation of her faith by saying, "Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world."

This display of faith is confirmed as Jesus proceeds to raise Lazarus from the grave in front of all present.


The final mention of Martha in Scripture is in John 12:1-9. In this third and last instance, Jesus is at a house in Bethany, reclining at table with Lazarus. In this passage, Mary draws criticism and complaint from some gathered in the house by anointing Jesus’ feet with expensive oil. Martha is not the focus of the passage; she is mentioned only briefly, described with the simple statement, "Martha served."

In this final passage, Martha is seen serving the Lord with silent simplicity. The peace she demonstrates here greatly contrasts the nervous anxiety she had previously shown in serving, and she has now found a visible way to show her faith and love for Christ.

We know nothing about Martha’s later life, and have no reliable records of her death. Her feast day is July 29, and she is the patron of housewives, servants, waiters and cooks.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
20

Liturgical Calendar

April 20, 2014

EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 24:13-35

Gospel
Date
04/20/14
04/19/14
04/18/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Acts 10:34a, 37-43
Second Reading:: Col 3:1-4
Gospel:: Jn 20:1-9

Homily of the Day

Lk 24:13-35

Homily
Date
04/20/14
04/19/14
04/18/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: