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I will bless the Lord at all times. — Psalm 34:2
Mass Readings:Leviticus 23:1,4-11,15-16,27,34-37 / John 11:19-27 or Luke 10:38-42
St. Martha was clearly a friend of Jesus and spoke to Him as one. In the Luke’s Gospel story about Mary and Martha (10:38-42), she approaches Our Lord and complains that her sister is leaving all the work of serving to her. In today’s reading from John, she reproaches Jesus: “If you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
Martha is portrayed as a busy woman, worried about many things, but also as someone who spent time with Jesus and came to know Him. She developed the faith to say, “I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God.” In my life I need to spend time in service and time with the Lord so that I, too, can grow in my faith.
Prayer: St. Martha, pray for me that I may both serve and listen.
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