Our monastic calendar commemorates the household of Bethany today, not just St Martha. It is a feast of friendship and hospitality which reminds us of the different elements in monastic life: work, prayer, living a completely new life in Christ, one so clearly focused on him that it can be welcoming to others.
Most of us could probably talk about our ‘Martha’ days, when we seem to run ourselves ragged doing things; our ‘Mary’ days, when we seem just to rest in the Lord for a few precious moments; but what about our ‘Lazarus’ days? How often do we advert to the fact that our baptism has made a difference to our lives, that we live now ‘not I but Christ in me’? And if it is Christ living in us, shouldn’t our lives be more luminous, more gracious than often they are?
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