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June 4, 2021

Daily Reflection for Friday, June 04, 2021
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Friday’s readings at this link:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/060421.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading:  Tobit 11:5-17
Responsorial:  Psalm 146:1b-2, 6c-7, 8-9a, 9bc-10
Gospel:  Mark 12:35-37

Our reflection on Friday’s  readings:

In today’s reading from Tobit, we read about the life of a devout family in seventh-century Assyria.  We can learn much from this beautifully written story about this very devout family—they are faithful, prayerful, hopeful, and loving.  Family is everything to Tobit.  We can just imagine how the parents, Tobit and Anna, showed love as they awaited Tobiah’s homeward journey.

Here are a few scriptures from the story that show how Tobit’s family relied on prayer, faith, hope, and thanksgiving as they experienced difficult times: 

Meanwhile, Anna sat watching the road by which her son was to come. Tobit 11:5

Then Anna ran up to her son, embraced him, and said to him, “Now that I have seen you again, son, I am ready to die!” And she sobbed aloud. Tobit 11:9 (Mothers can be melodramatic)

Raphael said to Tobiah …“I know that his eyes will be opened.” Tobit 11:7

Weeping, he exclaimed, “I can see you, son, the light of my eyes!” Then he prayed … Tobit 11:14

 Welcome, my daughter! Blessed be your God for bringing you to us, daughter! Blessed are your father and your mother. Blessed be my son Tobiah, and blessed be you, daughter! Welcome to your home with blessing and joy. Come in, daughter!  Tobit 11:17

This homecoming of Tobiah and his wife Sarah brought back memories for us especially recalling our many visits to our parents after we were married and brought our children (their grandchildren) for holiday visits.  No matter the late evening arrival time as we travelled from North Carolina to Cleveland or Wilmore, KY, our parents were awake and ready to welcome us with open arms.  Coming from prayerful families, we are certain that they prayed for our safe arrival and showed thanksgiving upon our arrival. 

Family is everything. We want and need family to be glad to see us, family to pray for us, family willing to break bread and share stories, family ready to affirm our existence and contributions to the world.  Family does that for us—we belong.  

May we remember as Pope Francis said, “The family is the fundamental locus of the covenant between the Church and God’s creation.”

We are all in Jesus’ family.

Dorothy and Carlos Alexander

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