Mary, Martha, and Lazarus are represented by St. John as living at Bethania, but St. Luke would seem to imply that they were, at least at one time, living in Galilee; he does not mention the name of the town, but it may have been Magdala, and we should thus, supposing Mary of Bethania and Mary Magdalene to be the same person, understand the appellative "Magdalene"
Martha was the sister of Mary of Bethany. We know only what we read about her in the Gospels of Luke and John. 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 (John 11:5).
Whatever is said about her early life comes to us from apocryphal writings,
which usually are no more than the work of somebody's imagination. We know that
she busied herself preparing a meal for Jesus and his disciples, then went to
Jesus to complain that Mary did nothing while she had to do all the housework.
It was at that time Jesus reminder her that Mary had chosen "the best part".
Martha first settled in Avignon (now in France), then went to Tarascon, where a monster, the Tarasque, was a constant threat to the population. Martha managed to tame the monster. She died c. 80. Where or how she died we do not know. Whether hers was a matyr's death or a natural one we do not know. We do know that she is our patroness for whom Jesus was like family, and therefore, a powerful one in the presence of God. Her tomb is located in the crypt of the local Collegiate Church.Patronage:
Butlers; cooks; dietitians; domestic servants; homemakers; hotel-keepers; housemaids; housewives; innkeepers; laundry workers; maids; manservants; servants; servers; single laywomen; travellers
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