Sunday, July 28, 2019
MONDAY, 17TH Week in Ordinary Time
St. Martha, Disciple of the Lord
Ex 32: 15-24, 30-34 / Jn 11: 19 – 27
Our Lord was a close family friend of St. Martha, her sister Mary and brother Lazarus whom Jesus raised from the dead.
FROM THE FIRST READING: Ex 34: 29 – 30, 34 – 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. . .
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 commanded, the Israelites saw that his face was radiant. Moses would then replace the veil over his face until he went to speak with Yahweh.
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Jn 11: 20 – 27
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him while Mary remained sitting in the house. And she said to Jesus, "If you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you." Jesus said, "Your brother will rise again."
Mary replied, "I know that he will rise in the resurrection, at the last day." But Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection; whoever believes in me, though he die, shall live.. Whoever is alive by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?" Mary then answered, "Yes, Lord, I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world."
In today's readings we have two devout believers in God, Moses and Martha showing us what it means to have faith which is truly alive.
Moses leaves his people to commune with God while Martha leaves her grieving sister to welcome Jesus. Both of them place first priority in God.
And what do they receive in return? For Moses it was meeting God face-to-face such that his own face became radiant; in communion with God Moses received God's commandments, the words of God's Covenant with Israel.
Martha received assurance of her faith in Jesus, as "the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world," and in seeing her brother rise from the dead at Jesus' voice and command, "Lazarus, come out!"
Moses and Martha showed unconditional faith and confidence in God, his word and his promises. Martha showed gratitude to God and lived in hope and courage because of her friendship with God.
How do I manifest my faith in God in my daily life?
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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