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Saint Martha

Today we lovingly remember a practical and active follower of Christ, Saint Martha. Saint Martha is the patron saint of cooks and of hospitality. In some images of Saint Martha, she is holding a cooking ladle and a set of household keys. Martha, her sister Mary, and their brother Lazarus were close friends of Jesus. Jesus was at their home as a welcomed guest. At the dinner, Saint Martha asked for Jesus’ support in getting her sister Mary to help. At that dinner it seemed like Saint Martha was able to say what she thought to Jesus. She was pretty direct in asking Jesus to get Mary to help. But hopefully we keep in mind Saint Martha’s simple and strong faith in Jesus. 

In John 11:25-27, from the story of raising Lazarus from the dead, we read:

“Jesus told her, ‘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.’”

Even when her brother died, she did not give up the faith. I think Saint Martha reminds us to be ourselves with Jesus in prayer. Also, we, like Saint Martha, can welcome our Lord into homes through hospitality to family, friends, and strangers. Saint Martha models to us great faith in Christ. Like Saint Martha, we are important to Jesus too, and He loves us dearly. Jesus is there for us in the good times and in the bad. Our Lord is always happy to make time for us and be a welcomed guest into our homes.  May we have that same kind of faith that Saint Martha has in Jesus. God bless and stay safe!

In Christ,

Fr. Steve Breck
Pastor, St. Mary Magdalene