Thursday, July 28, 2011
MEMORIAL, ST. MARTHA, DISCIPLE OF THE LORD
MEMORIAL, ST. MARTHA, DISCIPLE OF THE LORD
FRIDAY 17TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Ex 34: 29-35 / Ps 99: 5, 6, 7, 9 / Jn 11: 19-27 or Lk 10:38-42
EXODUS 34: 29-35
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two slabs of the
Statement in his hands, he was not aware that the skin of his face was
radiant after speaking with Yahweh. Aaron and all the sons of Israel
saw that Moses' face was radiant and they were afraid to go near him.
But Moses called them, and Aaron with all the leaders of the community
drew near, and Moses spoke to them. Afterwards all the Israelites came
near and he told them all that Yahweh had commanded him on Mount
Sinai. When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over
his face. Whenever Moses went before Yahweh to speak with him, he took
off the veil until he came out again. And when he came out and told
them what he had been commanded, the Israelites saw that his face was
radiant. Moses would then replace the veil over his face until he went
again to speak with Yahweh.
Many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their
brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming she went to meet him.
Mary remained sit ting in the house. Martha said to Jesus, `Lord, if
you had been here, my brother would not have died, but even now I know
that God will grant whatever you ask of him.' Jesus said to her, `Your
brother will rise again.' Martha said, `I know he will rise again at
the resurrection on the last day.' Jesus said: I am the resurrection.
Anyone who believes in me, even though that person dies, will live,
and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe
this? `Yes, Lord,' she said, `I believe that you are the Christ, the
Son of God, the one who was to come into this world.'
St. Martha, whose memorial we celebrate today, was the sister of Mary
and Lazarus who lived in Bethany. Jesus visited them from time to time
and therefore were considered his close friends. So when Lazarus
became seriously ill, Jesus was informed about it, but he did not make
any plans to go and visit Lazarus right away. In fact, he waited two
more days before setting out for Bethany. By that time, Lazarus had
passed away and was buried.
The Gospel narrates that Jesus arrives in Bethany and Martha comes out
to meet him crying and weeping. For sure she must have regret ted the
fact that Jesus did not come sooner to heal her brother. But Jesus
tells her point-blank to have faith because he is `the resurrection
and the life.' And then her sister Mary also comes out weeping and
this moves Jesus to tears himself. Out of love for his friends and to
reveal the glory of God, Jesus decides to raise Lazarus from the dead.
Jesus knows that everyone is looking at him and observing what he will
do next. So when he raises Lazarus, some of the Jews believe in him
even more than before. But the Jews who hated Jesus because of his
goodness and radical views on religion started instead to plot on how
to kill him.
How about you? When God helps you in a big way, does your faith in Him
increase or do you take Him for granted and attribute the event to
good luck? Are we grateful to God for the miracles He performs in our
lives or do we, after some time has passed, forget Him who has been
gracious to us?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Jonathan Salazar
- Mon Torres
- Antonio Evangelista
- Gisselle, Rheinard, Leah
- G, Ben, Pam, Maria, Delores, Kristin, John C, Frank, Gene,Eugene R
… for the personal intentions of
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Simplicio T. Del Carmen
- Birthday: Julie A. Gamboa
- Wedding Anniversary: Jun & Anna Morabe
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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