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Saint Martha (first century)

Saint Martha (first century)

Patron saint of housewives and waitstaff

Feast day: July 29

The story of Saint Martha and her profound friendship with Jesus and trust in his power is found in the Gospels. Martha is first mentioned as the busy and frustrated hostess of Jesus and his followers.

Poor Martha. She was so preoccupied with cleaning, cooking, and running around that Jesus had to remind her that sometimes those tasks can be set aside for the greater good. Her sister, Mary, was seated at Jesus’ feet, captivated by his words and actions. Jesus wanted this of Martha too.

Later, however, when Martha’s brother, Lazarus, died, Martha hurried to find Jesus and confessed her belief in his divinity and authority. Jesus then raised Lazarus from death. 

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