Jul. 29, 2016

Martha, the search for Jesus in the family

Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. And even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you" (Jn.11:21-22).

Martha's commitment to her family especially her love for Lazarus who had died, is incomparable. In the first visit of Christ to the family of Lazarus, Martha and Mary, Martha was seen running around for breakfast or lunch, or maybe dinner for the Lord. She is a woman of hospitality and service, a volunteer of first class order. She knew how to look for Christ on behalf of the family. I call her saint of the family.

"Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died", shows how much love Martha had for her brother. What she tells Jesus is, "Is there nothing you can do for my brother?, "Do you not see how much we miss him?" Then she says, "Even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you". What an expression of faith in the power of God to do the seemingly impossible. Martha understood the role of Christ in restoring the family to wholeness.

Family life is all about selflessness. It is about caring for one's brother, sister, father, mother, husband, wife, as if they may not be there tomorrow. Family life is about seeking the good of one member of the family without counting personal loss. Martha sacrificed for her family, for her brother Lazarus. She sacrificed to restore the unity that held them together. Lazarus' death put a hole in the strength and unity of the Bethany family, and Martha knew it. She knew that together they stood strong. She knew that God could make the big difference in their family.

Do we make enough sacrifices for our families?

Do we give up sufficiently for our brothers and sisters?

Do we seek restoration for the wounds and hurts in our families even if we don't cause them?

Like Martha, we have to look for Jesus.