June 3, 2015
(Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs)
Tobit prayed to God, “So now, deal with me as you please, and command my life breath to be taken from me, that I may go from the face of the earth into dust.” . . .
At the same time the young woman, Sarah, prayed similarly to the Lord, in her desperation, “It is far better for me not to hang myself, but to beg the Lord to have me die, so that I need no longer live to hear such insults.” Tb 3:1-11a, 16-17a
Death was in the discussion between Jesus and the Pharisees as well, today. Jesus responded to their silly question about marriage after death, saying, “When they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but they are like the angels in heaven. As for the dead being raised, have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God told him, I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not God of the dead but of the living.” Mk 12:18-27
Sometimes, beloved, as we’ve said before, life as we know it, can get pretty tough. Between poverty, hunger, persecutions, injustice, losses, or even just our day-to-day stress – some days we just want to hang it up and move on. Sarah couldn’t do it because she was too responsible, she was too caring for her family. And Tobit, in his blindness, just wanted to give up. So they both prayed that their merciful God would put an end to their miseries by taking their lives. But that same merciful God had other plans for them both! Death was not in their cards, at least for now. And in quite an amazing and wonderful way they were both about to experience an adventure of a lifetime.
You never know, beloved, what adventure God may have planned for your life. So stay tuned. And get ready for YOUR own personal miracle!
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