Posted by: livingscripture | March 7, 2011

Ninth Monday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

On our festival day of Pentecost…a fine dinner was prepared for me…I said to my son Tobiah: “My son, go out and try to find a poor man from among our kinsmen exiled here in Nineveh.  If he is a sincere worshiper of God, bring him back with you, so that he can share this meal with me.”

                                       Tobit 2: 1-2                                                                   

 How should we live this Word 

Tobit is a Hebrew whose faith and love for God leads him to expose his own life in order to help his countrymen.  He will not sit at table on a solemn feast day, forgetting those who live in indigence and have no way of sating their hunger in joy that day.  Thus he sends his son to find a poor person and invite him to dine.  The development of this story reinforces the image of a faithful person, attentive to others because he is a believer.

When faith in God is authentic, not simply a varnish to be used occasionally or as a safe refuge, it necessarily sends us toward others.  We cannot be indifferent to the needs of our sisters and brothers.  Sacred Scripture fully attests to this through the vehement words of the prophets and of the apostles, just to cite a few.  Actually it means assuming the attitude of God, of His Mercy, that Jesus invites us to imitate with His words and example.

“I have seen the misery of my people in Egypt and I have heard their cry because of their masters.  I know their sufferings and I have chosen to free them.”  (Cf. Exodus 3: 7-8)  This calls to us personally.  Today we are Moses and Tobit.  We are called to be God’s provident hand that helps and soothes, even only with an affectionate presence and active listening when we are unable to do more. 

Today in my pause for contemplation I will seek to delve into this edifying page of the Bible in order to grasp God’s call to me today.                                                                                                      

Lord, open my eyes to the needs of my sisters and brothers.  Melt the hardness of my heart so that it may feel their cry for help, not only material, but spiritual as well.

The voice of St. Basil, Church Doctor

Your left over bread is the bread of the hungry.  The clothing hanging in your closet is the clothing of those who are naked.  The money you keep hidden (in a bank) is the money of the poor.  The works of charity left undone are the injustices you commit.

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