On Today’s Gospel

Posted: July 28, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

st Martha

How many of us can relate to Saint Martha when she welcomed Jesus into her home and served Him while Mary her sister sat at His feet. Perhaps she too would rather have just sat at His feet to listen and be with Him. But someone had to care and look after the needs of their guest. After all to love Him is to serve Him.

Problem is, like Saint Martha at that time, we too often lose sight of whom we serve. We get so caught up in the work itself that we may even view others as obstacles if not hindrances. Sometimes jealousy can set it thinking we are doing so much more while others reap the benefits of our labour having done less or nothing.

Instead of it being a privilege to serve Jesus, it becomes a duty, even a chore. If only we had remained focussed on Jesus we would have found, not only was the burden light, peace and love followed us throughout what needed to be done.

In today’s Gospel we see just how much faith St Martha had in Jesus! She left her mourning behind and hurried out to meet Him. She did not presume to know or understand at that time that Jesus had divine power on His own but had full faith in Him and that God looked favourably upon Him.  Jesus so loved her that He not only revealed, but allowed her to attest in faith, His power over death. The Holy Spirit spoke through her when she spoke, “You are the Christ, the son of God who is to come into the world.”

Saint Martha, pray for us that we might serve Jesus better. Help us to overcome our distractions and worries to listen to his words and be present to him this day. Amen  

MEMORIAL

SAINT MARTHA

Gospel       John 11:19–27

And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary sat in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 And even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world.”

 

Comments
  1. cavan paul mulvihill says:

    Christ is omnipresent and worthy of worship in whatever circumstance we find ourselves in life.

  2. cavan paul mulvihill says:

    I have no idea if my doctor is lying to me, but I know that God who is here with me and living and true does even if He is keeping quiet about it for the time being.

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