Learn more about St. Martha: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=79
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072916.cfm
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.”
Martha recognized Jesus for who He was. She had listened to Him speak and her heart knew the truth. She knew He could heal her brother, but He was not there. When she expressed her belief in Him, Jesus raised her brother from the dead. Is your belief strong enough? Hers was.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I believe in the power that you gave to Jesus, and He passed it on to His Disciples. That power continues today in all who believe. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Lord, in your great love, answer me.