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Thought for the Day – 29 July – Today’s Gospel: John 6:1–15 and the Memorial of St Martha

Thought for the Day – 29 July – The Memorial of St Martha

One of the most precious things in life is to have a home where you can go at any time and find people who accept, love and understand you.   Jesus found such a home in Bethany, at the house of a woman named Martha.   She welcomed Him and served Him, and they developed a special bond of friendship.

Martha lived with her sister Mary.   Like all other pairs of sisters, these two women were different in personality.   Martha was energetic and outspoken, while Mary was quiet and reflective.   Jesus loved both of them and appreciated the gifts that each one had.

The Gospels record that once, when Jesus was visiting, Martha prepared the meal while Mary sat talking to their visitor.   Martha complained that Jesus should tell Mary to help her.   Jesus said that because Martha was worrying so much about the work, she did not have time to enjoy being with Him and listening to His words.

Another time recorded in John’s Gospel, the sisters sent a message to Jesus that their brother, Lazarus, was ill.   They knew Jesus would come and cure him;  they trusted in His loving care for them.   When Jesus finally came, Lazarus had already been dead for four days  . As soon as she heard that Jesus was nearby, Martha, a woman of action, went out to meet Him, while Mary stayed in the house.   In her grief, Martha told Jesus honestly what she had expected from Him.   Jesus asked her to believe that He was the resurrection and that He had power to give eternal life to all who believe in Him. Without really understanding this mystery, Martha trusted Jesus totally and said, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who was to come into this world” (John 11:27).   That day Jesus raised her brother Lazarus from the dead, showing that He has power over life and death and power to give eternal life.i believe that you athe christ - st martha - john 11 27 - 29 july 2018

The home Jesus found in Bethany was not only in the house but in the faithful heart of a woman named Martha.

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