Friday, March 31

READING John 11:1-27

Martha was a woman who had been in Jesus’ presence, but she was also someone who liked to take matters into her own hands. There is an account of Jesus coming to visit her home, and while her sister sits and listens, Martha is busy and stressed preparing for the visit. She stays true to form here. While Mary sits home and grieves, Martha runs out to meet Jesus. But even though she doesn’t have a full grasp of what Jesus is capable of, she makes a bold proclamation – she knows that Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ. The words haven’t been uttered by many other people in the Gospels, but even in the midst of her personal tragedy, Martha holds tight to what she knows about Jesus and trusts that He is the only One who can turn her mourning into joy.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

John 11:25-26

Other Resources

The Raising of Lazarus, by Giotto di Bondone