July 29, 2015


July 29, 2015:  St. Martha

  • 'Phone' tie bar:  They 'called' on the Lord, and he answered (psalm)
  • 'Clouds' tie:  The Lord spoke from the pillar of cloud (psalm)
  • 'Silverware' tie bar:  Martha's doing the serving (gospel)
  • 'Feet' tie/pin:  Mary sat at the Lord's feet (gospel)
  • 'Question mark' tie pin:  Jesus' to Martha, Martha's to Jesus (gospels)
  • White shirt:  Moses' face became radiant (1st reading); color of St. Martha's memorial

  • Ex 34:29-35  Moses didn't realize his face had become radiant while he conversed with the Lord, but others who saw him saw and were afraid to approach.  Moses called them over and told them what the Lord said....
    St. Martha, from
    the Isabella Breviary
  • Ps 99:5-6, 7, 9  "Holy is the Lord our God."  Extol the Lord!  Moses, Aaron, and Samuel called upon him, and he answered them.  He spoke, and they heard his decrees....
  • Jn 11:19-27  When Martha heard Jesus was coming, she went to meet him.  Martha / Jesus:  “Lord, if you'd been here, my brother wouldn't have died.  But I know God will give you whatever you ask.” / “He'll rise.” / “Yes, in the resurrection.” / “I am the resurrection; whoever believes in me will live, and anyone who believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?” / “Yes, Lord.  I believe you're the Christ, the one who is coming into the world.”
  • Lk 10:38-42  Jesus entered a village where Martha welcomed him.  Her sister Mary sat at his feet listening to him.  Martha / Jesus:  “Lord, don't you care that my sister left me by myself to serve?  Tell her to help.” / “Martha, you're anxious about many things, but only one is needed.  Mary has chosen the better part and it won't be taken from her.”
    Jesus at the house of
    Mary and Martha/ Copping
  • Creighton:  Martha was one of Jesus’ earliest and most loyal disciples. He loved her and her siblings and often stayed with them.  Today's gospels reveal a saint with faith but who wasn't perfect.  The story of her brother's death shows her confidence in Jesus.  She went to him knowing God would give him whatever he asks for, but she didn't understand his response or his power over death.  She believed, called him Lord, Christ, and Son of God.  Martha loved and trusted Jesus and strove to serve him.
  • One Bread One Body:  "In your face":  In the Old Testament, uncleanness contaminated cleanness, but Jesus reversed that:  he cleansed lepers, overpowering unholiness with holiness.  This reversal is why Jesus says the unholy weeds can coexist with the holy wheat.  The wheat's holiness should overpower the weeds' unholiness, bringing conversion and creating a culture of holiness.  Does my face radiate God's love?...
  • Universalis:  St Martha, sister of Mary of Bethany and Lazarus.  Lazarus deserves our sympathy for being brought back to life by Jesus so as to have to die again.  Think of him when preparing to make spectacular acts of charity on behalf of people who may not appreciate it.  See Catholic Encyclopedia.

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