Prepared by James Andrade, Lead Servant HCCRS
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.”
Today the Roman Catholic Church recognizes Martha, and so we learn from her. By this time Martha had seen that Jesus was much more than a man, and she had come not only to believe in His “uniqueness” but also had come to truly love Him. In the relationship that had developed, she was able to speak to the King of kings with a passion that was fully human. “You could have saved him, You know, but …”
Jesus tried to teach her truth, but in her anguish, she responded in mortal grief, “Yeah, yeah, I know he’ll rise again, later…” Jesus did not hold back but focused all His compassion on His beloved. He did not leave her to suffer but held her in His love until she saw the greatest truth of all time . . . Jesus IS the Christ, the Son of God! This brought all of her faith to fullness and she became unshackled. At this point in time she ascended, becoming FREE INDEED, UNBOUND! She would never be the same again. She finally reached what she had inadvertantly tried to deny her sister Mary years before. She had chosen the better part, and in return, the Lord raised her brother from the dead!
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.”
Father, Mary sat at the feet of Jesus and He deemed it the ‘better part!’ In a world where only men were allowed to receive this blessing, Jesus reached out beyond the norm opened the door to true intimacy with Mary. Martha took a little longer to grasp this truth, but received Your full grace as she also took the ‘better part!’ We desire, oh Holy Spirit, that we too can not only receive the better part, but in Your power, by the gifts You give, that our life as testimony shows a fallen world that freedom can only be found in Jesus the Christ, Son of the Living God. Thank You, Lord of lords, that Your love for us overcomes our weaknesses and changes us, till we, like Martha, come to understand who You are. May every knee bow and tongue confess, here on the earth, under the earth and in the heavens above, Jesus Christ IS the Lord of all!