Feast of St. Martha

Lazarus had been dead in his tomb for four days, but when Jesus called him he walked out, alive. Maybe he was just sleeping in there, like those seven Ephesians, but the gospel of John gives us the very interesting detail that Martha, his sister, was worried he would smell.

A couple days later, Martha served Lazarus and Jesus supper, and now she’s in the fortunate position of being the patron saint of servants and cooks.

But if Lazarus died, and was brought back to life, wouldn’t you expect him to be doing something less ordinary than eating supper (even if it was with Jesus)? And why is she, not he, the saint?

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