Sunday, March 9, 2008

Your Catholic Sunday Homily Minute - 4th Sunday of Lent

From the Desk of Father Mark,

My Dear People,

Martha & Peter's Confession of Faith

Rising from the dead, is the theme of today's Gospel. Lazurus was seriously ill and died before Jesus could see him. Martha and Mary were mourning the death of their brother, when Jesus arrived on the scene. Lazarus had been dead for four days. Martha greets Jesus upon His arrival. She says, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would never have died. God will give you whatever you ask of "Him". Jesus says to Martha, "Your brother will rise again." "I know he will rise, in the Resurrection on the last day", says Martha. Jesus asks Martha if she truly believes this. She replies, YES! "I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world."

Peter gives this same confession of faith to Jesus. For a woman to confront Jesus, and acknowledge His Authority, was a powerful statement on the part of the Gospel writer. Like St. Peter, St. Martha confesses her faith for our sake as well. Both Peter and Martha stand in for us. As we draw closer to Easter, give your YES to Our Lord.

May we live our lives in the light of the resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ!

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,

Fr. Mark

How will Satan attack you?

2 comments:

Marie said...

Beautiful reflection Thankyou:).

Peace to you:)

Marie

Easter A. said...

Yes indeed!

And though we may have given our big YES to God, we ought to profess our little "yeses" to him in little ways as well.

Thank you John Michael!