June 10, 2017
Sat of the 9th Week in Ord Time
Tobit 12:1, 5-15, 20; Psalm Tobit 13; Mark 12:38-44
Beautiful, powerful readings this morning that speak to us about gratitude from the heart put into action. In modern terms “Stewardship.”
The first reading is from the Book of Tobit in the Old Testament (Hebrew Scriptures). Raphael, one of the 7 angels, has been secretly helping Tobit and his son Tobias. They did not know that Raphael was an angel. But for helping them they blessed Raphael with much more than he deserved. Raphael is pleased that they did this, not because of the money but because by blessing they were praising God…Raphael reveals to them who he really is but before that he gives them a lesson in Stewardship, “Thank God! Give Him the praise and the glory…acknowledge the many good things He has done for you.” In other words, thank God for all His blessings upon us, acknowledge in our lives that all good things come from Him! Then because of our gratitude, put it into action as Raphael says, “It is better to give alms than to store up gold.” Almsgiving is money or goods given to the poor as an act of penance or brotherly charity. Thanksgiving and gratitude put into action by the sharing of our blessings is worth more in the eyes of God than any material thing on this earth. This, my friends is the true meaning of Stewardship.
And in the Gospel we hear the classic story of Stewardship about the poor widow who put in two small coins and about whom Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury.” Why? Because she did not hold back but blessed without counting the cost…This is Stewardship.
So the readings this morning help us to examine our own lives including myself. Do we realize that all good things come from God? Are we so grateful to Him that we bless back because of that gratitude in our heart? If we do then we praise Him with our heart, with our lips and with our actions! And this is pleasing to Him and He blesses us even more!