July 29, 2021

My reflection today is from Living Faith:
Martha said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God.” John 11:27
“Jesus was a friend and frequent guest of three siblings-Martha, Mary and Lazarus. But Jesus’ late arrival in this account places him outside the tomb of the deceased Lazarus where grief abounds.
Gospel devotees will recall an earlier conversation (in Luke10:38-42) of the polite chiding Martha took from Jesus for her overzealous hospitality, when she might otherwise have been sitting at his feet. Yet another side to Martha is shown here in John’s Gospel – Martha moves, leaving her grieving, to receive Jesus. and in this tender moment, Martha offers her profound proclamation of Jesus as the Christ.
What follows is the mighty miracle of the raising of Lazarus. But note well Martha’s belief in Jesus before that took place. That is why, for me, St. Martha is more than the patron saint of cooks and those who serve, but a courageous patron for those in grief-showing us how to move forward by faith in Christ.  Saint Martha, pray for us!” – Pat Gohn
I remember when my dad died at 47 years old, watching my mother who was so strong during the week and funeral. I didn’t know if it was because she was Irish or it was her faith. When I asked her she quoted Jesus response to Saint Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life whoever believes in me will never die.” and my mom said, “I believe that we will see dad again.” ?