Martha was the sister of Mary and Lazarus, whom we read about in the Gospels. They were friends with Jesus, and he visited their house several times. Martha worked hard to cook and keep the house clean so that her guests would feel welcome. Once when Jesus visited, Martha became upset because her sister Mary was not helping with any of the cooking or other chores. Jesus reminded her that listening to Him is more important than being distracted by anything else, no matter how good it is.
The next time Jesus visited Bethany, it was because Martha’s brother Lazarus has died. Martha told Jesus that she believed that He was the Messiah, and that the dead would rise again on the last day. After He had spoken to her, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Martha reminds us that when we become busy and distracted, we need to take time to listen to what God is saying to us.
Saint Martha is the patron of cooks, servers, and hospitality. Whether your cooking skills are limited to making peanut butter sandwiches or if you can plan and cook a whole dinner on your own, you can follow Saint Martha’s example of hospitality by some act of kitchen service today. Be sure to also remember the lesson she learned about prayer and offer your service to each other because you know it will make Jesus happy!