Memorial of Saints Martha, Mary, and Lazarus

Readings
First Scripture Reading
1 John 4: 7-16
Gospel Reading
John 11: 19-27

Opening Prayer

Lord Jesus, you loved Martha.  She offered you hospitality so many times.  So many wonderful meals you shared in her home.  As your close friend she also chided you when you spent too much time talking with her sister Mary – and when you showed up late for Lazarus’ death.  She had great faith and love.  Martha reflects Your Divine Hospitality – how You, O God, always want to spend time with us, to feed us,  and to be there in times of trial and difficulty to manifest Your life-giving Love.  Help each of us Lord, to trust Your unconditional hospitality – Your welcoming arms – Your wonderful meals!  Like Martha, enable us to welcome you into the inner sanctums of our heart and spirit, and be hospitable dwelling places for your Spirit and presence.

Lord, this day you called St. Therese’s father, Louis Martin to heaven.  He had shown her great and compassionate love, and manifested Your Fatherly love. Instill in us grateful hearts for our Dads – for the men You brought into our lives to show us who You are as “Abba” – our heavenly Dad!

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