Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary
to comfort them about their brother [Lazarus, who had died].
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 anyone 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 Christ, the Son of God,
the one who is coming into the world.”
Today the Church remembers St. Martha. She is known as the “busybody” when Jesus came to visit her while her sister Mary sat at the feet of Jesus. She is known for her hospitality.
Today we see the human side of Martha as well as her deep faith. She is understandably shaken when her brother Lazarus dies. She is angry with Jesus for allowing him to die and she lets Jesus know it. These are very human emotions that anyone who has lost a loved one can feel. I felt similar feelings of anger and sadness when my mother died.
However, Martha does not remain in her anger. She moves to a statement of faith, “I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” She places her trust in Jesus as the resurrection and the life while she was still suffering.
We can all learn something from Martha today. In the middle of our grieving and sadness it is okay to express our feelings to the Lord. Be honest. Don’t hide your anger or sadness. But don’t remain there. Allow the feelings to flow, but then move toward placing your whole trust in our Lord Jesus, who loves us and always wants what is best for us. Jesus never intends to intentionally hurt us. That goes against His nature for He is Love.
And we remember that we all have to die some day. This life is not the end. Our ultimate goal is in heaven. It does hurt to lose a loved one because we want them here with us. Read some stories about people who have died and been brought back to life. Most of them say that it was so beautiful in heaven that they didn’t want to come back. Keep that in mind as we grieve the loss of a loved one. They are with the Lord. We will be with them one day, God willing.
Have a blessed day!