Posted by: frburke23 | June 9, 2017

Thought for Saturday, 9th Week of Ordinary Time (June 10, 2017)

Thought for Saturday, 9th Week of Ordinary Time (June 10, 2017)
 
TOBIT 12:1, 5-15, 20
Tobit called his son Tobiah and said to him,
“Son, see to it that you give what is due to the man
who made the journey with you; give him a bonus too.”
So he called Raphael and said,
“Take as your wages half of all that you have brought back,
and go in peace.”
 
Raphael called the two men aside privately and said to them:
“Thank God! Give him the praise and the glory.
Before all the living,
acknowledge the many good things he has done for you,
by blessing and extolling his name in song.
Honor and proclaim God’s deeds,
and do not be slack in praising him.
A king’s secret it is prudent to keep,
but the works of God are to be declared and made known.
Praise them with due honor.
Do good, and evil will not find its way to you.
Prayer and fasting are good,
but better than either is almsgiving accompanied by righteousness.
A little with righteousness is better than abundance with wickedness.
It is better to give alms than to store up gold;
for almsgiving saves one from death and expiates every sin.
Those who regularly give alms shall enjoy a full life;
but those habitually guilty of sin are their own worst enemies.
 
“I will now tell you the whole truth;
I will conceal nothing at all from you.
I have already said to you,
‘A king’s secret it is prudent to keep,
but the works of God are to be made known with due honor.’
I can now tell you that when you, Tobit, and Sarah prayed,
it was I who presented and read the record of your prayer
before the Glory of the Lord;
and I did the same thing when you used to bury the dead.
When you did not hesitate to get up
and leave your dinner in order to go and bury the dead,
I was sent to put you to the test.
At the same time, however,
God commissioned me to heal you and your daughter-in-law Sarah.
I am Raphael, one of the seven angels
who enter and serve before the Glory of the Lord.”
 
“So now get up from the ground and praise God.
Behold, I am about to ascend to him who sent me;
write down all these things that have happened to you.”
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Tobit, being the righteous man that he was, offered Raphael half of the dowry that Sarah’s father had given to Tobiah. Tobit realized that Raphael was a constant companion for his son on the journey and had kept him safe. He did not know that Raphael was an angel.
 
The angel Raphael tells Tobit and Tobiah to give all their thanks and praise to God. He tells them that it is prudent to keep “a king’s secret,” but the works of God are to be praised from the rooftops. In other words, there are times when we are helped by individuals that it is prudent to tell no one. However, when we receive blessings from the Lord, everyone should know about it. God’s praises should always ring from our lips.
 
Raphael also encourages them to do good, fast, pray and give alms. He emphasizes the importance of giving alms and not storing up gold for ourselves. When we share our material blessings with others, it “saves one from death and expiates every sin.” Those are powerful words!
 
Finally, the angel Raphael reveals to them that he was the answer to their prayers. It is beautiful to imagine that he “presented and read the record of your prayer before the
Glory of the Lord.” This is what the angels and saints do for us – they listen to our prayers and intercede on our behalf before God. What powerful intercessors we have! God sent Raphael to heal Sarah and Tobit. God wants to love and heal you and me also.
 
Raphael encouraged them to write everything down as he ascended back to God in heaven. We are the beneficiaries of this writing!
 
Are you comfortable sharing with others what the Lord has done in your life?
Do you pray, fast and give alms?
How generous are you with the material possessions that God has given you?
Do you realize that there are angels interceding on your behalf constantly in heaven?
 
Have a blessed weekend!
Fr. Burke
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