Waiting and Believing

The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul
Monday, Memorial of St. Martha, 29 July 2019
Exodus 32:15-24, 30-34 >< }}}*> <*{{{ >< John 11:19-27
Raising of Lazarus by Jesus with Martha and Mary from Hunterian Psalter via Google.

Praise and glory to you, O God our loving Father!

Thank you for the gift of St. Martha whose memorial we celebrate today.

St. Martha is a most beautiful image of somebody busy for the Lord, believing in him as the Christ, always waiting on him, waiting for him. She believed in you as the Christ that is why she waited on you during your visit to her home at Bethany. She also believed in you as the Christ when she awaited your coming on the death of her brother Lazarus, welcoming you on the road to express her grief and sadness.

There was no guile in St. Martha, Lord, as her feelings and words matched her actions.

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.”

John 11:20-27

Grant us, O Lord, the same faith St. Martha had in you as the Christ, the “resurrection and the life” of every believer.

In this fast-paced world, faith in you has greatly eroded as most of us can no longer wait.

We have become impatient, believing less in you like the Israelites who turned to a golden calf because they could no longer wait for Moses who had stayed on top of Mt. Sinai conversing with you, God (Ex. 32:23).

Awaiting Christ’s coming and life eternal like St. Martha who actively waited and served on the Lord in her lifetime is faith in action.

Like St. Martha, help us to believe in you so we would wait on you, wait for you.

Like St. Martha, may we live in every here and now in your presence. Amen.

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