Saturday, July 29, 2006A saint to whom we can all relate
St. Martha's feast day is today... the poor woman who received Jesus' gentle rebuke for not stopping her daily duties to just sit and listen to Him. I know how difficult it is to put our chores and events of the day on hold to spend time in reflection and prayer, but this is exactly what we must focus on doing more. Eternity is forever; the distractions can wait. While something important can be said about using our work and trials as a form of prayer for His glory, nothing compares to the communication with our Savior that can only be found in silence or solitude (even if you have to wake up a half-hour earlier than the rest of the household, or lock yourself in the bathroom for 15 minutes).
St. Martha is the patroness of homemakers, housewives, butlers, cooks, domestic servants, travellers and single laywomen.
O blessed St. Martha, your faith led Jesus to proclaim, "I am the resurrection and the life"; and faith let you see beyond his humanity when you cried out, "Lord I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God." With firm hope you said, "I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him", and Jesus called your brother Lazarus back from the dead. With pure love for Jesus you welcomed him into your home.
Friend and servant of our Saviour, I too am "troubled about many things". (Pause for silent prayer.) Pray for me that I may grow in faith, hope and love, and that Jesus, who sat at your table, will hear me and grant me a place at the banquet of eternal life. Amen. (Luke 10:38-42 / John 11:1-54)