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June 2, 2021

Daily Reflection for Wednesday, June 02, 2021
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/060221.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading:  Tobit 3: 1-11a, 16-17a
Responsorial: Psalm 25: 2-3. 4-5ab, 6, and 7bc, 8-9
Gospel:  Mark 12:18-27

Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.    Psalm 25:1

Both Tobit and Sarah are suffering much anguish in their lives. Tobit, from his blindness and Sarah, from being married 7 times to husbands who immediately died.  What left an impression on me each time I read these verses is how they initiated their conversations with God. Both blessed God. Tobit said, “You are righteous, O Lord, and all your deeds are just; All your ways are mercy and truth.” (Tobit 3: 2) Sarah said, “Blessed are you, merciful God. Blessed be your holy and honorable name. May all your works forever bless you.” (Tobit 3: 11)

From a deep valley of despair, Tobit and Sarah rightly offered praise to God and then shared what was on their hearts. Wow!  I cannot say that the first words out my mouth are praise when I am suffering. It is more like, “God make haste to help me!” 

It makes perfect sense though. When Jesus instructed the disciples how to pray he taught them, “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.”  Praising first signifies reverence for and trust in God. It is saying, “Although I do not understand nor like what I am going through, I trust in your ways because your ways are always good.” 

Our souls are lifted up to the Lord when we share with God our suffering.  In this conversation, we are granting God access to our hearts and souls and permission to send His grace to help.  In this case, God sent the angel Raphael to heal Tobit and to get rid of the demon that plagued Sarah.

I am going to praise first, then share my soul in my prayer.  How about you?

Blessings for the journey!

Paula Paul

 

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