Today we celebrate the Memorial of Saint Martha, a beloved friend of the Lord. More than that, she openly confessed that Jesus is the Christ. What makes her confession remarkable is the fact that Martha must have been deeply disappointed that Jesus had failed to arrive in time to keep Lazarus from dying, yet she had faith to believe that Jesus would raise her brother when the time was right.
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.”
Do we get disappointed when our prayers don’t get answered on our expected time frame? Perhaps we lack the faith to be patient and let the Lord do his work when and how we need it most.
Saint Martha, pray for us.