I BELIEVE IN JESUS                    Mtt.11.19-27

Many people invited Jesus into their homes as he walked the roads of Palestine. Many offered him and his disciples’ friendship and hospitality. We hear of one such family in the Gospel today.  Mary, Martha and Lazarus lived in Bethany, (a small village two miles from Jerusalem). They often invited him over to dine with them and Jesus and his disciples enjoyed their friendship and company

On one occasion Jesus hears of the death of his friend, Lazarus. He goes to Bethany, despite opposition from some of the disciples and seeks to comfort the sisters and wake Lazarus from “sleep”. In this scene we are touched by the encounter between Jesus and Martha. Martha was the one always busy with preparations (see Lk 10). She was corrected at one stage by Jesus because of her many concerns. Here in this narrative we see another side to Martha

In this dialogue-encounter, Martha is the one who goes out to greet Jesus. Perhaps being the eldest and as hostess she greets this most welcomed visitor. Already, there are many who have come to mourn with, and comfort, family. Martha as a faithful Jew, believed in the resurrection of the dead. When Jesus tells her that her brother will rise again – she has no doubt. She knows that he will rise again on the last day. She places her hope in God and in Jesus. She believes that God will hear the prayer and request of Jesus. Jesus proclaims to Martha that he is the resurrection and the life. In an act of faith Martha believes and puts her faith in the Lord

Jesus is the resurrection and the life. Jesus is saying more than that he gives life and resurrection. He says that he is. Life and resurrection is identified in him. Jesus’ profound statement provokes a response in Martha. Jesus asks Martha if she believes the he is the resurrection and the life. He proclaims to Martha that whoever believes in him will live forever even though he dies, they shall live. On the part of Martha, this is a remarkable act of faith. She believes in Jesus. She acclaims that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world.

Jesus calls out to us. He asks us the same question. “Do you believe in me?” Jesus says that he is the way the truth ands the life. He gives us eternal life. The evangelist understands that believing is receiving. If we believe we receive the graces and blessings that Jesus offers – eternal life. For John the evangelist, seeing is believing. We rejoice in life. Death has no power over us for the Lord of Life has conquered death on the Cross. Not only that; but Jesus who died has rose again and is seated at the right hand of the Father, now intercedes for us.

Do I believe in Jesus? Do I believe that he is resurrection and life? Martha gives us an example of her statement of faith. What is your statement of faith?

Lord, I believe in you. I believe that you are the Holy one, the Son of the living God. Give me life that I may call upon your name. I will bless you at all times. Amen