DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS
Tobit 2:9-14, Psalm 112:1-2, 7-9, Mark 12:13-12
My Beloved, Tobit is a good man. He lies in accordance with God's law. He is kind and givens generously event though he himself does not have much. One would think that he would be abundantly blessed however this was not the case. He gets blind and doctors cannot help him. He has to rely on his brothers to look after him and his wife has to work in order to support them.
Her bitterness becomes apparent when she throws Tobit's good deeds in his face. Instead of admiring her husband because he is a man of integrity she resents him. Poor Tobit.
When we are tried ourselves it is good to remember Tobit and understand that trials are part of life. Our faith increases and through them God teaches us much.
Psalm 112:1-2, 7-9
My Beloved, once again we are reminded today that those who love You and keep Your Word will receive blessings which will also spill over to their children. Those who trust you are not afraid for their hope rests in You. We must remember to share what we have with those less fortunate and we can count on You to repay any kindness a hundred fold for any kindness done to anyone You consider done to Yourself.
My Beloved, these sworn enemies of each other the Pharisees and the Herodians come together only because they hate You more and wish to destroy You. They use flattery to lull You before they ensnare You. Any answer given to their question was guaranteed to discredit You either before the Jews or the Romans and You would be condemned. However, they were unaware that they were dealing with Divine Wisdom, God Himself and once again Your answer was so clever and the logic irrefutable their jaws dropped in amazement. "Render to Caesar that which is Caesar's and to God that which belongs to God."
It will do us all good to remember these salutary words of advise and abide by them.