On this day: St. Martha

by Gerelyn Hollingsworth

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On this day we remember Martha of Bethany, sister of Mary and Lazarus.

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and anyone 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 Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.”

Click here for the Mass Readings and here for the Liturgy of the Hours.

There are many books about Martha of Bethany. If you go to Amazon or Google Books and search for "Mary and Martha" or "Martha of Bethany" or "Lazarus Martha Mary", you'll find novels, children's books, cookbooks, books on cleaning your house, bible study guides, and scholarly works. Below are a few examples that have enthusiastic customer reviews.

Martha: A Novel, by Diana Wallis Taylor, Revell, 2011.

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life, WaterBrook Press, 2000.

31 Days to Clean - Having a Martha House the Mary Way, by Sarah Mae, Kindle Edition, 2011.

Lazarus, Mary and Martha, Social-Scientific Approaches to the Gospel of John, by Philip Francis Esler, Fortress Press, 2009.

The Women in the Life of the Bridegroom: A Feminist Historical-Literary Analysis of the Female Characters in the Fourth Gospel, by Adeline Fehribach, Liturgical Press, 1998.

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