“Tell her to help me,” Martha demanded of Jesus.
The gospel commends Martha in every way. Can you commend Martha for demanding an answer from Jesus? Who are the forceful women in your life who keep you on your toes? Can you admit when they’re right?
Maybe especially since the Holocaust, Jewish faith demands God be answerable for suffering.
Richard Swanson says, it insists “God owes creation an intervention, a ‘right-side-uping.’”
Martha demanded an answer from Jesus, and on the cross God also demanded an answer from God: “Why have you forsaken me?”
What answers or response does your heart demand from God today? Root your protest in the resurrection, and trust that seemingly small or domestic things can involve the kingdom of God.
Saint Paul Lutheran Church
715 South Third Street
Clinton, IA 52732
(at the foot of the south bridge)