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 (see Luke 10:38-42) 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.
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
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