Thursday, June 4, 2015

Tobit 6:10-11, 7:1, 9-17, 8:4-9, Psalm 128:1-5, Mark 12:28-34


Tobit 6:10-11, 7:1, 9-17, 8:4-9, Psalm 128:1-5, 
Mark 12:28-34

Tobit 6:10-11, 7:1, 9-17, 8:4-9

My Beloved, if we only approached marriage the way Tobias did the world would be a more joyful place, women would be respected and children welcomed as gifts from God. Marriage gives us reason for hope. It strengthens love and teaches wisdom. Love in marriage is never selfish but self giving. It is respectful of the other and seeks only the good of the other. All this is possible when we include You and seek Your will above our own selfish interests and desires. A husband loves his wife and prays for her and for himself and she joins in his prayer for God's blessings upon them and their lives together. Their whole lives must be an Amen to God and to each other.

Psalm 128:1-5

My Beloved, when a man fears the Lord not as one fears an enemy but as one who knows that because He loves His Creator, he dare not do anything that would cause him grief or disappointment, who knows he owes God everything beginning with his very breath, such a man will receive every good and perfect from God. He and his family will be blessed all their days and these blessing will overflow to their descendants as well. For God is good always and His mercies are everlasting.

Mark 12:28-34

My Beloved, we live to love God there is no other reason for being. In loving God we become the person God created us to be. The conviction born of faith that love of God, above and before all, with all the fervor of heart, mind, soul, body, and spirit, gives us the grace and courage needed to wake up each morning with praise on our lips, and to go to bed at night with thanksgiving in our heart. 

We are on our way to God and this life is only a passing from this world to the next. All we do and all we are flows from this truth giving meaning and purpose to everything else. Loving our neighbor is not an option. It makes visible and concrete the love for God that is in our hearts. 

I love You my Lord and my God.

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