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Memorial of Saint Martha

READINGS (July 29)

Reading 1 EX 34:29-35

As Moses came down from Mount Sinai
with the two tablets of the commandments in his hands,
he did not know that the skin of his face had become radiant
while he conversed with the LORD.
When Aaron, then, and the other children of Israel saw Moses
and noticed how radiant the skin of his face had become,
they were afraid to come near him.
Only after Moses called to them did Aaron
and all the rulers of the community come back to him.
Moses then spoke to them.
Later on, all the children of Israel came up to him,
and he enjoined on them all that the LORD
had told him on Mount Sinai.
When he finished speaking with them,
he put a veil over his face.
Whenever Moses entered the presence of the LORD to converse with him,
he removed the veil until he came out again.
On coming out, he would tell the children of Israel
all that had been commanded.
Then the children of Israel would see
that the skin of Moses’ face was radiant;
so he would again put the veil over his face
until he went in to converse with the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm PS 99:5, 6, 7, 9

  1. (see 9c)Holy is the Lord our God.
    Extol the LORD, our God,
    and worship at his footstool;
    holy is he!
    R.Holy is the Lord our God.
    Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
    and Samuel, among those who called upon his name;
    they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.
    R. Holy is the Lord our God.
    From the pillar of cloud he spoke to them;
    they heard his decrees and the law he gave them.
    R. Holy is the Lord our God.
    Extol the LORD, our God,
    and worship at his holy mountain;
    for holy is the LORD, our God.
    R. Holy is the Lord our God.

Alleluia JN 8:12

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
    whoever follows me will have the light of life.
    R.Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel JN 11:19-27

Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary
to comfort them about their brother [Lazarus, who had died].
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming,
she went to meet him;
but Mary sat at home.
Martha said to Jesus,
“Lord, if you had been here,
my brother would not have died.
But even now I know that whatever you ask of God,
God will give you.”
Jesus said to her,
“Your brother will rise.”
Martha said to him,
“I know he will rise,
in the resurrection on the last day.”
Jesus told her,
“I am the resurrection and the life;
whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,
and anyone who lives and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this?”
She said to him, “Yes, Lord.
I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,
the one who is coming into the world.”
Or LK 10:38-42

Jesus entered a village
where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.
She had a sister named Mary
who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.
Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said,
“Lord, do you not care
that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?
Tell her to help me.”
The Lord said to her in reply,
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.
There is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part
and it will not be taken from her.”

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St. Martha

July 29

1John 4:7-16; John 11:19-27/Luke 10:38-42

Today, we are celebrating the feast of St. Martha. Her sister was Mary (not the Mother of Jesus). St. Martha is described as practical. She was designated as the speaker of the house especially when her brother died and is pretty clear also that she was the manager of their household since she was the one who ran it.

When we talk about Christian spirituality, it is said that Martha represents the active spirituality because she did the serving while Mary represents the contemplative spirituality because Mary was at the foot of Jesus listening to Him. These two types of spirituality should not be separated from each other. They should go hand in hand. We should have these two in our lives. For me, this could be one of the reasons why Jesus reprimanded her in the gospel of St. Luke, because she separated the two. Jesus said to her, when she complained to Jesus that Mary did not help her in the kitchen: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her,” (Luke 10:41-42).

But in today’s gospel Martha showed us another aspect of faith, besides listening to Jesus, the aspect of trusting the Lord. She trusted that the Lord could do more. She said: “But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you,” (John 11:22). Her faith told her to wholeheartedly trust the Lord. In general, she understood what resurrection is all about, she knew in her heart that all she needed was to trust the Lord; that Jesus would do what was right.

Mary has chosen the better part. Listening to Jesus is the most important. We should also listen to God as Mary did. But why is it so difficult for us to listen to God and let Him speak about the meaning of our lives? Is it because we do not trust Him or we are afraid of Him? Is it because we do not know Him or we have a distorted image of Him? Can we allow Him to be God in our lives?

One way of showing that we trust the Lord is through prayer. It is because prayer, according to Theophan, the 19th century Russian Orthodox Bishop, wrote: “Prayer is the test of everything; prayer is also the source of everything; prayer is the driving force of everything; prayer is also the director of everything. If prayer is right, everything is right. For prayer will not allow anything to go wrong.” Cardinal Basil Hume, OSB the saintly archbishop of Westminster in London, warned: “Unless we based our lives on prayer, we cannot be more than superficial followers of Jesus Christ.” It is because serious prayer is fundamental to the Christian life.

What are we looking for in this life? Are we looking for Jesus, listen to Him and trust Him?

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JULY, 2016 DAILY READINGS

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