Lives to Inspire: Martha, Mary and Lazarus

When you need a break, where do you go and who do you turn to?
For Jesus, it was Bethany and the home of Martha, Mary and Lazarus.
What was it that Jesus found so attractive?
What is it that you find attractive in your friends?
Perhaps, like Martha, they are generous hosts; perhaps like Mary, they are good listeners; perhaps, like Lazarus, they help you to be free of pressures that bind you.

Book on Martha, Mary and Lazarus
– Social-Scientific approach

Jesus with Matha and Mary
Jesus at the home of Martha and Mary, Jan Vermeer – National Gallery of Scotland


“Martha, Martha,” he said, “you worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part; it is not to be taken from her.”

Luke 10: 41-42

Today’s Scripture

John 12: New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised

12 Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 
There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 
Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair.
The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

Thought for the Day

In this time of Holy Week, in his Passion, Jesus calls us to be with him, to be his companions along the Way of the Cross, opening our hearts more to him, listening to him, allowing him to set us free. Perhaps you, too, want to anoint Jesus’ feet with all that is in your heart. Pour out your heart on him.



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