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WEDNESDAY OF THE NINTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME JUNE 2, 2021




A reading from the Book of Tobit 3:1-11a, 16-17a

Grief-stricken in spirit, I, Tobit, groaned and wept aloud. Then with sobs I began to pray:

“You are righteous, O Lord, and all your deeds are just; All your ways are mercy and truth; you are the judge of the world. And now, O Lord, may you be mindful of me, and look with favor upon me. Punish me not for my sins, nor for my inadvertent offenses, nor for those of my ancestors.

“We sinned against you, and disobeyed your commandments. So you handed us over to plundering, exile, and death, till you made us the talk and reproach of all the nations among whom you had dispersed us.

“Yes, your judgments are many and true in dealing with me as my sins and those of my ancestors deserve. For we have not kept your commandments, nor have we trodden the paths of truth before you.

“So now, deal with me as you please, and command my life breath to be taken from me, that I may go from the face of the earth into dust. It is better for me to die than to live, because I have heard insulting calumnies, and I am overwhelmed with grief.

“Lord, command me to be delivered from such anguish; let me go to the everlasting abode; Lord, refuse me not. For it is better for me to die than to endure so much misery in life, and to hear these insults!”

On the same day, at Ecbatana in Media, it so happened that Raguel’s daughter Sarah also had to listen to abuse, from one of her father’s maids. For she had been married to seven husbands, but the wicked demon Asmodeus killed them off before they could have intercourse with her, as it is prescribed for wives. So the maid said to her: “You are the one who strangles your husbands! Look at you! You have already been married seven times, but you have had no joy with any one of your husbands. Why do you beat us? Is it on account of your seven husbands, Because they are dead? May we never see a son or daughter of yours!”

The girl was deeply saddened that day, and she went into an upper chamber of her house, where she planned to hang herself.

But she reconsidered, saying to herself: “No! People would level this insult against my father: ‘You had only one beloved daughter, but she hanged herself because of ill fortune!’ And thus would I cause my father in his old age to go down to the nether world laden with sorrow. It is far better for me not to hang myself, but to beg the Lord to have me die, so that I need no longer live to hear such insults.”

At that time, then, she spread out her hands, and facing the window, poured out her prayer:

“Blessed are you, O Lord, merciful God, and blessed is your holy and honorable name. Blessed are you in all your works for ever!”

At that very time, the prayer of these two suppliants was heard in the glorious presence of Almighty God. So Raphael was sent to heal them both: to remove the cataracts from Tobit’s eyes, so that he might again see God’s sunlight; and to marry Raguel’s daughter Sarah to Tobit’s son Tobiah, and then drive the wicked demon Asmodeus from her.



REFLECTION

At that very time, the prayer of these two suppliants was heard in the glorious presence of Almighty God. So Raphael was sent to heal them both:


When a father approached Padre Pio to pray for his dying daughter, Father Pio said, " I will pray, but you need to pray, too". Father Pio prayed constantly and many times was very silent because he was busy speaking with God. He was so focused in his dialogue with God that he had little time left. He prayed 50 rosaries a day!


Padre Pio always reminded us that God loves us. And as our creator and Father, He is always aware of our needs, our prayers and our lives. We are closely connected with the life of God, because God wants this.


As with someone we love, we strive to be worthy and deserving of His attention.


With faith we pray, asking God with complete humility, and in gratitude, for His many blessings. And God listens.


The Catechism of the Catholic Church #2573 states that the spiritual tradition of the Church has retained the symbol of prayer as a battle of faith and as a triumph of perseverance. Never give up on praying.


When we are led by a God of strength and light, we cannot go astray. (PAPA Top Secret II)


God Bless You









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