Saint Martha

ABOUT SAINT MARTHA

 

Saint Martha

 

Martha, Mary, and their brother Lazarus were evidently close friends of Jesus. He came to their home simply as a welcomed guest, rather than as one celebrating the conversion of a sinner like Zacchaeus or one unceremoniously received by a suspicious Pharisee. The sisters feel free to call on Jesus at their brother’s death, even though a return to Judea at that time seems almost certain death.

No doubt Martha was an active sort of person. On one occasion, she prepares the meal for Jesus and possibly his fellow guests and forthrightly states the obvious: All hands should pitch in to help with the dinner.

Yet, as biblical scholar Father John McKenzie points out, she need not be rated as an “unrecollected activist.” The evangelist is emphasizing what our Lord said on several occasions about the primacy of the spiritual: “…[D]o not worry about your life, what you will eat [or drink], or about your body, what you will wear…. But seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:25b, 33a); “One does not live by bread alone” (Luke 4:4b); “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness…” (Matthew 5:6a).

Martha’s great glory is her simple and strong statement of faith in Jesus after her brother’s death. “Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone 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 Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world’” (John 11:25

Saint Martha is the Patron Saint of:

Cooks
Housewives
Servants
Waiters and Waitresses

NOVENA TO SAINT MARTHA

A Novena is a 9 consecutive day recitation of prayers and devotions with the hope of obtaining, through the grace of God, the requested favour before the end of the Novena.

 NOVENA

 Saint Martha,
I resort to your aid and protection.
As proof of my affection and faith,
I offer you this light, (lit candle),
which I shall burn every Tuesday.

Comfort me in all my difficulties
and through the great favours you did enjoy
when the Saviour was lodged in your house,
intercede for my family,
that we be provided for in our necessities.
I ask of you, Saint Martha,
to overcome all difficulties
as you did overcome the dragon
which you had at your feet.
In the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen. (Feast day 29th July)

 Recite the following prayers…

Our Father…

Hail Mary…

Glory Be…


 

 

 

 

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