And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary Magdalene
to comfort them about their brother (Lazarus).
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to
meet him; but Mary sat at home.
Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my
brother would not have died. (But) even now I know
that whatever you ask of God, God will give you."
Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise."
Martha said to him, "I know he will rise, in the
resurrection on the last day."
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."
Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.
In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his
only Son into the world so that we might have life through him.
In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us
and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another.
No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God
remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us.
This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us, that he
has given us of his Spirit.
Moreover, we have seen and testify that the Father sent his Son
as savior of the world.
Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God
remains in him and he in God.
We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for
us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God
and God in him.
1 John 4:7-16
Prayer to Saint Martha
Holy Saint Martha, eager and willing to serve, be with me as I too seek to do that which pleases our Lord.
Help me to balance my activity and work with a prayerful and listening heart.
May I, like you, rush to meet Jesus whenever I hear him approach me, in the sick, the poor and the downcast.
Inspire my charity and service to be fruitful and humble.
May I see Jesus in the faces of all those I am called to serve, and realize that whatever I do for one of them, I am
doing for Christ himself.
Through a life of generous service, may I too say to Jesus: "Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the
Messiah, the Son of God ...." (John 11:27) Amen
July 29 - Memorial of Saint Martha
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