Thursday, July 29, 2010

St. Martha

Just had to share this comment with you, which was made by the priest who said Mass this morning. "I'm a lazy man stuck in a busy man's job." It's hard to imagine this priest could afford a single moment of sloth given the expanse of the parish over which he presides. His point is that most of us would prefer to enjoy the gifts given to us by God rather than work ourselves to the bone. "We don't live to work, we work to live."

Although St. Martha is oft-remembered for whining to Our Lord about doing the work all by herself, she has another, more important place in the Gospel when Jesus is about to raise her brother Lazarus from the dead. “If you had been here, my brother would not have died, but I know that, even now, whatever you ask of God, he will grant you….I know he will rise again at the resurrection on the last day….Yes, Lord…I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who was to come into this world.”

He is still in the world with us, and may we never become so preoccupied with our occupations that we neglect Him, even for a single moment.


  1. I always have to laugh just a little over the message and often the homilies on the feast of St.Martha---her day is also my birthday and for a "gift" I always receive a teaching such as this one. You may not have to wonder long about what one of my character struggles in life is...:D

  2. A little late, but Happy Birthday Kelly, in case I didn't extend greetings on the actual day!


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