As biblical scholar Father John McKenzie points out, St Martha need not be rated as an “unrecollected activist.” The evangelist is emphasizing what our Lord said on several occasions about the primacy of the spiritual: “…[D]o not worry about your life, what you will eat [or drink], or about your body, what you will wear…. But seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:25b, 33a); “One does not live by bread alone” (Luke 4:4b); “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness…” (Matthew 5:6a). Martha’s great glory is her simple and strong statement of faith in Jesus after her brother’s death. “Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone 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 Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world’” (John 11:25-27). Images 1- Giambettino Cignaroli; 2- Caravaggio (detail); 3- Unknown; 5- :Jacopo Tintoretto
Saint of the Day – July 29 St Martha – Friend of Our Lord, Virgin, Myrrhbearer – Patron of butlers; cooks; dietitians; domestic servants; homemakers; hotel-keepers; housemaids; housewives; innkeepers; laundry workers; maids; manservants; servants; servers; single laywomen; travellers; Villajoyosa, Spain
Martha, Mary and their brother Lazarus were evidently close friends of Jesus. He came to their home simply as a welcomed guest, rather than as one celebrating the conversion of a sinner like Zacchaeus or one unceremoniously received by a suspicious Pharisee. The sisters feel free to call on Jesus at their brother’s death, even though a return to Judea at that time seems almost certain death. No doubt Martha was an active sort of person. On one occasion (see Luke 10:38-42) she prepares the meal for Jesus and possibly his fellow guests and forthrightly states the obvious: All hands should pitch in to help with the dinner
I need to vent- comment on that NPD/abuser post w gifs: crazytalk71 - “I see Ben as the abuser and her as the wife trying to keep up” WHAT THE ACTUAL F*CK IS WRONG W YOU, CrazyTalk71??? Seemingly you're unable to distinguish a frustrated face from an angry, controlling one, just like to recognize the enjoyment of getting attention from photographers. Jesus, please tell she's just joking with that comment.
That is probably an anti. And I wouldn’t be surprised if it was someone on her team . Trying to twist it to make Benedict look bad, when he’s the victim. Shame on them.
The Machine provides a way for us to think again about the meaning of salvation. Through much of Christian history, salvation has been the hope of life in heaven after earthly death. This is the salvation that has been bought with the price of Jesus’s love and blood.
This chapter appears to have been written after season three, so the author did not yet know that PoI would actually reflect a traditional Christian concept of salvation with The Day the World Went Away. “As long as The Machine lives, we never die” - and that salvation was bought with Root’s blood.