Mass Reading & Meditation for June 5, 2013
Meditation: Tobit 3:1-11, 16-17
Saint Boniface, Bishop and Martyr
“The prayer of these two suppliants was heard in the glorious presence of Almighty God.” (Tobit 3:16)
Sometimes circumstances can push us over the edge. Things are going great for us until we’re suddenly stricken by a serious illness or a bad accident, and then life becomes burdensome. We may start to question whether God really cares for us, or we may even wonder what we have done that has caused him to single us out for punishment. In these situations, even the best of us can lose our perspective, and we may even get mad at God and cry out, “What are you trying to do to me?”
Tobit and his daughter-in-law Sarah were certainly among the best. Both loved the Lord with all their heart, and yet both met with terrible suffering. Tobit went blind for four years, and Sarah lost seven husbands in a row to demonic attacks. Not only that, they were misunderstood and ridiculed by members of their own households. They had pretty good reasons to dissolve into self-pity if they wanted to!
However, neither Tobit nor Sarah blamed their problems on God. Both began their prayers by praising and blessing him, thanking him for his righteousness. Their hearts were not bitter, and they sought to be delivered from this world only because they wanted so much to be with the Lord. They were more interested in God’s will than in their own healing—nevertheless, they were healed anyway!
The story of Tobit and Sarah can help us when we face our own misfortunes. Whenever trials or difficulties come our way, it is our response that makes all the difference. Like these two Old Testament heroes, we need to turn to God for help and grace. Like them, our first step should be to worship the Lord, simply thanking him for who he is and what he has already done in our lives. Then, having established our faith in him, we can humbly ask for his help, knowing that whatever he gives us will bring us closer to his side. Every day, we can cast our cares on the Lord, confident that he will care for us (1 Peter 5:7).
“Father, rather than asking ‘Why me,’ I want to thank you for your greatness and majesty today. I want to entrust my burdens to your care, knowing that you have a perfect plan for my life.”
Psalm 25:2-9; Mark 12:18-27