Posted by: livingscripture | June 2, 2009

Ninth Tuesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 For four years I was deprived of my eyesight, and all my kinsmen were grieved at my condition.

(Tobit 2, 9-14)

 How should we live this WordTobit 1

 Notwithstanding the King’s severe ban, Tobit continued to bury his dead co- nationals, victims of violence.  His own relatives and neighbors derided him, not understanding why he would expose himself to such danger.  In fact, many times he had risked being put to death but for him, God’s law and love for his country were stronger than anything.

 One would expect God to take him under His special protection, saving him from negative events.  Instead, it is precisely Tobit who for the nth time had performed an act of charity, who has the misfortune of becoming blind.  This trial is noted and emphasized negatively by those around him, ‘Where is your hope that led you to give alms and bury the dead?’  It is a thorn in the flesh that renders his trial heavier.  Tobit is immersed in total darkness, that of his blindness and the blindness of those who live near him.  The trial is total!

 In this abyss of bitterness and pain, his faith shines forth more brilliantly.  Not only does he not curse nor question heaven nor rebel, but rather he ‘gives thanks to God’.  We are at the apex of faith.  He does not see God as someone to go to in moments of difficulty so that He will free him.  This is believing without need of ulterior proofs that God is love.  It is believing that however things may go, there is always a will of salvation that never betrays.   It is trusting and entrusting ourselves with joyful gratitude.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will spend the time thanking the Lord without even mentioning the many motives that justify my gratitude, which are after all, only the tip of the iceberg.

 Thank You Lord for all You are for me.

 The voice of Julian of Norwich, a great mystic

 All will be well, and all will be well, and all things will be well.

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