Thursday, July 29, 2010

Happy Feast Day, St. Martha!

I've always liked St. Martha, despite the fact that she is "anxious and worried about many things." (Luke 10:41).  She and her siblings, Mary (Magdalene) and Lazurus, were very close friends of Jesus.  Can you imagine entertaining Jesus in your home?!  No wonder poor Martha was anxious and worried!  Talk about an important guest!

I once read somewhere that Jesus had a human personality and was no doubt drawn to certain people and personalities and not so much to others.  We all know the feeling of meeting someone and instantly "clicking" as well as the experience of meeting a person who doesn't seem to be our "type".  Of course, Jesus loved every person He encountered, but it is likely that He was especially fond of a select few.  Since St. Martha is one of those lucky people who was close to Jesus on earth, she must be a very powerful intercessor.

Today, on her feast day, pray to St. Martha to deepen your friendship with Jesus and to serve Him as she did.  You might also want to add a prayer to learn to listen to His good advice, a lesson St. Martha wisely learned.  For more on this topic, read my article at The Integrated Catholic Life, Lessons On Hospitality From St. Martha.

You might also enjoy an article by my friend, Theresa Doyle-Nelson on Catholic Exchange: Un-Named Holy Ones of the Bible

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