On July 29, we observe the feast day of St. Martha, a feast day that celebrates those who serve in our economy. Martha is often used as a cautionary tale to criticize women who are like Martha. Martha, you may remember, is so focused on house chores that she doesn’t have time to listen to Jesus, as her sister Mary does. But there’s much more to Martha.
Jesus instructs them to roll away the stone from the tomb, and Martha protests. She’s worried about the smell. She still doesn’t understand what’s about to happen.
This year, I broaden the lesson to include anything that keeps me anxious. I hear the words of Jesus directed to me. His voice soothes me when he says, “You are anxious and troubled about many things.”