Martha, Martha

The memorial of St. Martha is this Saturday, July 29. She is remembered for bustling about the house when the Lord has come to visit her and her sister, Mary. When Martha complains that Mary is not helping with the serving, Jesus replies: “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.” (LK: 10: 41-42)

Martha can get a bad rap. But, she should also be remembered for how she grows in faith. When Jesus comes to raise Lazarus from the dead, Martha exclaims: “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” (JN: 11:26)

Martha is the patron saint of butlers, innkeepers, laundry workers and other people who provide services that too often go unnoticed. Yes, the Marthas of the world need to slow down and pray, but where would we be without them?