READ | John 11:23-26

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”


How would you have answered Jesus if you were Martha, standing outside your brother’s tomb filled with questions and grief? What we know about Martha before this is that she was Jesus’ friend, had a gift of hospitality and was a hard worker. She is exposed, however, when she is compared negatively to her sister, Mary, who was happier sitting at Jesus’ feet, just being with him. We are taught to be more like Mary, not consumed with busy work and neglecting the time we need to simply be with Jesus, listening to Him.

Verse 27 shows us a deeper side of her as she answers him. “Yes, Lord,” she replied.” I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” Martha knows who Jesus is, she has the big picture. She must find time when she is not busy serving others to ponder who Jesus is. As we prepare for Jesus’ resurrection from the death of his mortal body let us sit at his feet and know who He is.


Take a time in silence and attentiveness before Jesus now. Sit at his feet and let Him reveal to you what it means to you that He is the Messiah, the Son of God, who has come into the world.


Contributed by Sue Garrett, Spiritual Director