Friday, July 28, 2006

Special People In Jesus' Life


Well, this week was a celebration of saints who were very special to our Lord.

On Wednesday, we celebrated St. James the Greater. He was the brother of St. John and the son of Zebedee the fisherman. He was called the greater because there was another younger apostle named James. Together with Peter and John, he was one of the Sons of Thunder, a special name that Jesus gave to these three apostles. He died a martyr when King Herod Agrippa I killed him with a sword during the early persecution of the Church.
Read more here.

On Thursday, we celebrated the grandparents of Jesus, Sts. Joachim and Ann. It was in the home of Joachim and Ann where the Virgin Mary received her training to be the Mother of God. Thus, devotion to Ann and Joachim is an extension of the affection Christians have always professed toward our Blessed Mother. We, too, owe a debt of gratitude to our parents for their help in our Christian formation.
Read more here.

Then on Saturday, we celebrate the feast of St. Martha. However, according to this post from Fr. Stephanos OSB, this day is for the three siblings, Martha, Mary and Lazarus. He has posted a wonderful homily on the memorial of St. Martha.

"Jesus loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus." This unique statement in John's gospel tells us of the special relationship Jesus had with Martha, her sister, and her brother. Apparently Jesus was a frequent guest at Martha's home in Bethany, a small village two miles from Jerusalem. Read more here.


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