Martha was an ordinary woman who welcomed Jesus as He passed through
her village (Luke 10:38-42). Jesus rebuked her for complaining that
her sister, Mary, should be helping her and not sitting around
listening to Him. We can imagine her embarrassment and frustration.
Yet, in today’s Gospel reading from St. John, we see Martha coming out
to meet Jesus who heard about the death of her brother, Lazarus.
Perhaps Martha was trying again to be hospitable or polite as she
vainly tries to hide her disappointment and frustration that Jesus may
have saved her brother if He had come earlier. We can imagine Martha
trying to suppress her feelings of “masamang loob” or ill will as Jesus
rebuked her once again when He said He is the resurrection and the
But Martha brushes whatever bad feelings she has and answers Jesus that
she believes He is the Messiah. St. Martha, at that moment, despite
all her difficulties and bad feelings, decided to profess and practice
her true undying faith in Jesus.
There are times we try so hard to be good servants of Christ. Some of
us try to eke out time after work to attend a daily Mass to worship
Jesus. Some of us sacrifice money or resources to donate to the poor
in our attempt to follow Jesus’ example. Some of us try very hard as
parents to teach our children what Christ preached to his disciples.
It can be tiring and frustrating to the extent that perhaps there are
times we find ourselves complaining. It’s during these times we forget
the bottom line of Jesus’ teachings which is: as Christians the most
important thing is to remember that Jesus is our Savior and that what
we should sustain most, is our faith in Him.
“Lord Jesus, you are the Resurrection and the Life. Strengthen my faith
and hope in your promises that I may radiate the joy of the gospel to