The story of Tobit in the Old Testament is one of the most amazing biblical episodes showing divine intervention in dire human condition. There’s the reality of the mystery of God’s providence going beyond our finite comprehension. Tobit’s charity and devotion to God is deep and yet by a stroke of divine providence he was allowed to become victim of freak accident rendering him blind. Despite this tragedy, his faithfulness to God was impermeable and unbending.
In certain miserable circumstances, some people succumb to discouragement, confusion, despair, even resort to blaming God as the culprit. It would have been the most natural thing for Tobit to give up God, but he is faithful. Instead he turned to Him for help. His son brought with him, at the direction of the angel Rafael, a strange medicine made of fish gall. After he smeared it on his father’s eyes, the old man’s sight was restored. This story shows that God answers our prayer.
God sees, he knows every beat of our heart, every thought in our mind, he feels the innermost recesses of our yearning, he hears our unspoken prayers, but waits for the right time, his own time to answer our pleas. “In his time, he makes all things beautiful, in his time,” so the song goes. But sometimes the answer to our prayer is “NO” and but still it’s the best answer for he knows what’s best for us. What we need is Trust in his Divine Mercy.
“God so loved the world that he gave his only One and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). But how much do we really love him in return? Let’s not be the receiving end all the time but make a pay-back time for his blessings. Though we can never come close to return God’s kindness, but doing our Christian duty in charity towards our neighbor, using our talents for his honor, spread his message of love and mercy, is a significant step.
On the flip side, someone said that kindness is helping someone without expecting anything in return and that love is not what you say but what you do. Sometimes, the people who are far from you can make you feel better that the ones beside you. Remember that a simple act of kindness can go a long way. I heard some say that the only difference between a good day and bad day is your attitude. “Life with God is not immunity from difficulties, but peace in difficulties” (Carl Lewis). I came across this line saying that tough times don’t last, tough people do. When you can’t put your prayers into words, be assured that God hears your heart. The irony of life is when you do right, nobody remembers, but if you’re wrong, no one forgets. Just be patient because all things are difficult before that become easy. Amen on that folks!
In her Diary, no. 1770, St. Faustina wrote Jesus’ words to her; “Now you shall consider My love in the Blessed Sacrament. Here, I am entirely yours, soul, body, and divinity, as your Bridegroom. You know what love demands: one thing only, reciprocity.”
GUAM DIVINE MERCY PILGRIMAGE
Join me in pilgrimage to Fatima, Lourdes, Paris, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Brussels, Berlin, Germany, Vienna, Austria, Burgos, Spain, Divine Mercy Shrine, Our Lady of the Black Madonna shrine, Poland, from July 1 to 24, 2017. Pls. call Lou Salas at 477-8079, Ann Marie-Pactours at 649-3221 or Fr. Joel at 483-9464. Thank you.