Posted by: fvbcdm | July 29, 2014

Feast of Saint Martha (29 July 2014)

On July 29 each year, the Church celebrates the commemoration of Saint Martha, the sister of Saints Mary and Lazarus, all of whom lived in Bethany, a village just across the Mount of Olives from the city of Jerusalem.  Two meals involving that household are recounted in the gospels.  In one of them, Martha asks Our Lord to make her sister Mary help her in the kitchen; in the other, Mary pours expensive perfume over the feet of Jesus in gratitude for his having raised their brother Lazarus from the dead.

In the Liturgy of the Hours for today, we read what Saint Augustine has to say about Martha’s busying herself in the kitchen while Mary sat at the feet of Jesus and listened to him.  Augustine says: Now, you are much occupied in nourishing the body, admittedly a holy one.  But when you come to the heavenly homeland, will you find a traveler to welcome?  someone hungry to feed? or thirsty to whom you may give drink?  Someone with whom you could visit?  or quarreling whom you could reconcile? or dead whom you could bury?

No, there will be none of these tasks there.  What you will find there is what Mary chose.  There we shall not feed others; we ourselves shall be fed. Thus what Mary chose in this life will be realized there in all its fullness; she was gathering fragments from that rich banquet: the Word of God. Do you wish to know what we will have there?  The Lord himself tells us when he says of his servants: “Amen, I say to you, he will make them recline (at table) and passing, he will serve them.”  So let us do our best to serve others in this world so that Christ our Lord will gladly serve us in the next. Thank you for seeking God´s truth. God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.


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