Feast of St. Martha

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

  • Laura Kazlas

    Is that the only thing Martha is remembered for? Complaining to
    Jesus because Mary wasn’t helping her to serve the meal? Today is her
    feast day. Is there some reason Martha is a Saint? The Catholic church
    actually made an irritable, complaining woman a saint, by the way.
    That should be lots of encouragement for all of the ladies in the church
    who are not always perfect either.

    But, on to Martha’s GOOD qualities! Like the first choice of the gospel reading
    for mass today. How about when, after Martha told Jesus her brother
    wouldn’t have died if he had been there, Martha said “But even now I
    know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you”? That takes a lot
    of faith and confidence in Jesus Christ to say such a thing after her
    brother had been laying in his grave for four days. She wasn’t
    irritated or in a bad mood at all, on the contrary she showed immense
    faith and trust in Jesus in the midst of her grief.

    What about when Jesus told Martha that “whoever believes in me, even if he
    dies, will live, and anyone who lives and believes in me will never
    die”? Martha’s response is what made her a saint “Yes, Lord. I have
    come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is
    coming into the world.”

    Martha’s faith, trust and love for Jesus is what made her a saint.