Monday, July 29, 2019

Saint Martha, sister of Mary and Lazarus

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 48:10-21
Mass: 1 Jn 4:7-16; Resp Ps 34; or Ex 32:15-24, 30-34; Resp Ps 106; Jn 11:19-27 or Lk 10:38-42

Look to God that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame.

I love Martha. In the first choice for the Gospel today, from John, it was Martha who went out to meet Jesus when she heard he was coming. In the Lukan account, Martha welcomed Jesus when he entered the village. May we be so bold and eager to encounter the Lord.

I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day … The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms.
(Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, 3)


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