Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Martha (29th July, 2016) on the Gospel and the Memorial


Jer 26:1-9;
Ps 68:5.8-10.14. (R. v.14);
Matt 13:54-58.

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: What is the difference?

Today’s gospel records Jesus’ visit to His hometown. He taught in their synagogue. Although they were astounded, but they had a problem,

Where did this man get this wisdom and these deeds of power? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this?

Wait a minute. Assuming all these were true, did any prevent Jesus’ townsmen from accepting Him? However, they did not really know Him, cf. Jn 8:14. They only deprived themselves and others of the miracles Jesus would have performed among them. Hence, the concluding verse reads, “And he did not do many deeds of power there, because of their unbelief.”

Finally, if Martha and her siblings had rejected Jesus like His people, certainly Lazarus would have died long time before his time. What the people thought they knew about Jesus neither made His power original nor fake. We must be careful lest we suffer the same or even worse fate.

Bible Reading: Lk 9:1-9.

Thought for today: Never reject before confirming it to be a curse.

Let us pray: Lord, help us see your blessings packaged in others – Amen.

Saint Martha – Pray for us.

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