Saint Martha – Franciscan Media

Saint Martha feast day 29 July 2017

Detail | Lamentation over the Dead Christ with Joseph of Arimathea, the Virgin and Mary Magdalene, including s. Martha and Philip Benizi | Giovanni Bellini

Saint Martha’s Story

Martha, Mary, and their brother Lazarus were evidently close friends of Jesus. He came to their home simply as a welcomed guest, rather than as one celebrating the conversion of a sinner like Zacchaeus or one unceremoniously received by a suspicious Pharisee. The sisters feel free to call on Jesus at their brother’s death, even though a return to Judea at that time seems almost certain death.

No doubt Martha was an active sort of person. On one occasion, she prepares the meal for Jesus and possibly his fellow guests and forthrightly states the obvious: All hands should pitch in to help with the dinner. [  ]

Source: Saint Martha – Franciscan Media

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