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A Quiet Place

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 5, A.D. 2001

Tobit 2:9-14
Psalm 112:1-2,7-9
Mark 12:13-17

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

The old song goes "...so be good for goodness' sake!" And that is so hard -- to persevere in patience, taking care of one's own integrity in the midst of weariness, lack of appreciation, and ill-fortune. That is the lesson in today's readings from Tobit and from the Gospel. Tobit, in his efforts to be righteous, caring, and protective of his fellow-Jews, lost everything. In addition, a seemingly random accident (bird-droppings), caused him blindness. Reduced to utter dependence on his wife, Tobit "looses his cool", scolding her in anger.

How often we feel humiliated by our faults, when we have tried so hard to be kind and caring, often going the extra mile for people. And then we fall into sin or imperfection. The only response of the faithful friend of Jesus is to pick ourselves us, apologize if necessary, and continue from where we left off. And in the humiliation, we are blest!

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore (paulwhit@northnet.org)

St. Boniface


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