If you read yesterday's Family Rosary blog, you might have thought you'd heard the most challenging direction from Jesus, and today would be one of those easy Gospel readings. That is until today when we heard Jesus say, "But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…"
Today, let us reflect on the sacred bond of marriage and its significance within our families. The Book of Tobit provides timeless wisdom about this bond and its relevance today.
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How many of you have or have had cataracts, maybe even needing surgery? Most of us develop cataracts over a fairly long period of time, but Tobit, a devout Jewish man, had it happen in a matter of hours. And God would use this visual impairment to teach Tobit and those around him.
Today as on many days, a lot is going on in our Mass Readings: A eulogy for holy men who are not known by most but nonetheless are known to God and their loved ones. And God blesses them and their children and children’s children. The famous scene of Jesus overturning the money changers’ tables at the Temple, As well as Jesus cursing a fig tree for its lack of fruitfulness!
Let me share a few innocent and realistic prayers of little children. Dear God: Send Mommy a new baby. The baby you sent last week cries too much. How many angels live in Heaven? I want to be the first kid in my class to figure out the answer. Please help me in school. I need help in spelling, adding, history, geography, and writing. Are there any helpers in heaven? When I have summer vacation, I'd like to be one of your helpers in heaven. My birthday is tomorrow. Can you put a rainbow in the sky? I need an increase in my allowance. Would one of your angels be able to tell my dad about it? Sincere and innocent prayers.
Are you familiar with the phrase, “passing the torch”? Reading and reflecting on Paul’s address and Jesus’ prayer to the Father led me to see how Jesus and Paul were preparing their listeners to carry on the mission. Or as some would say, “they were passing the torch.” (Which by the way, is lit and burns, radiating light for us to see the way.)