Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Martha, (29th July, 2021) on the Gospel and the Memorial
Ps 83:3-6.8.11. (R.v.2);
Saint Martha was a native of Bethany and sister to Lazarus and Mary, cf. Jn 11: 1,5,19. She believed in Jesus Christ and also witnessed His resurrection of her brother, Lazarus, cf. Jn 11:17-27, 38-44. Jesus loved Martha and her siblings, cf. Jn 11:5. The gospels recorded Jesus’ three visits to them, cf. Matt 26:6-13; Lk 10:38-42; Jn 11:1-44. She was known for her hospitality and service, cf. Jn 12:2. Martha is the patron saint of housewives, waiters, waitresses, servants and cooks.
Topic: Lord, if only....
In today’s gospel, Jesus visited Martha and Mary after the death of their brother, Lazarus. And Martha said to Him, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.”
One of the things that still elude science is the mystery of death. Martha’s words expressed aptly the situation of things when Jesus is present. Our God is the God of impossibilities, cf. Matt 19:26. Not even death is a problem for Jesus.
You may have expelled Jesus through sins. It is not yet too late. Hence, Jesus said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.”
My dear brothers and sisters, “...in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28). If only we have Jesus, everything will be all right.
Bible Reading: 1Cor 2:6-16; Phil 3:4-11.
Thought for today: ...in everything God works for good with those who love him (Rom 8:28).
Let us pray: Lord, give us the guts to forfeit everything, even our lives for your sake – Amen.
Saint Martha – Pray for us.
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