Posted by: livingscripture | June 6, 2009

Ninth Saturday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

A king’s secret it is prudent to keep, but the works of God are to be declared and made known.

(Tobit 12, 7)

 How should we live this Word

 Tobit has regained his sight.  After many years of grief, Sarah is now a happy bride.  The family is finally re-united.  We could say that this fairytale had a happy ending and is now over.  Instead, the account continues.  Tobit calls his son so that they may settle on the recompense to give his travel companion.  It is not to be the miserable amount of ‘what is due’ but rather the need to express gratitude, a sentiment that flourishes only where life is perceived in its dimension of gratuity.tobit 5

 The constant attitude of openness toward others has refined Tobit’s soul and he knows how to place himself before God and others without expectations.  What is offered to him, is received as a gift and therefore with joyful awe.  His attention is not on the gift in itself but rises to the hand that generously proffers it.  Thus thanks spontaneously blossoms.  Raphael, the mysterious companion who until now had hid the ‘secret of the king’, his identity of an angel sent by God, now solicits Tobit and Tobiah to go from thanksgiving to witnessing.  It is praiseworthy to reveal and proclaim God’s works. 

 Those who are able to grasp that all is gift, cannot keep this reality to themselves.  It transfigures their days, immersing them in peace and serenity even when some clouds appear.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will give my attention to the gifts that mark my days, gifts that come directly from God, gifts from my sisters and brothers.  I will thank the Lord and find a way to show my gratitude to others.

 Lord, grant that I may never become indifferent to the gifts that are generously given to me.  Help me to never lose sight of the One who gives them to me.

 The voice Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English Poet

 God’s gifts make the best human dreams fade.


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