Scripture: 1st Reading: Tobit2,9-14; Resp. Psalm: Ps112,1-2,7-9; Gosp. Accl.: Eph1,17-18; Gospel: Mk12,13-17
To walk in the path of righteousness is the vocation of every believer. That walk is not a finished process but a gradual, daily invitation to conversion, renewal, commitment to God, reordering of one's priorities. To walk this path is not easy; it calls for self sacrifices. To walk the path can also oftentimes be lonely, especially when every other person prefers to look the other way and compromise on their faith in God.
Tobit walked that path and discovered that many would not want to go that way. He lived a righteous life, gave of his wealth to others, showed solidarity with the less privileged, was charitable. Sometime in his life, Tobit became blind. But his blindness was physical blindness. Tobit, in spite of his blindness, had a quality of soul that was extraordinary. He had a very healthy spiritual sight. Even in his position, Tobit was able to recognize that the goat given to his wife as a gift was a stolen goat. His righteousness could not tolerate the thoughts of taking or appropriating for himself, something that was not his own.
That quality of soul, that capacity for discernment, is what our Lord invites us to in today's gospel. Our Lord calls us to discern that everything belongs to God and that we cannot and must never place God at par with anyone or anything. He calls us to recognize that what is of this world belongs to this world and should be so treated so that they do not take our hearts away from Him.
By his response to the Pharisees and the Herodians, our Lord also taught us to be astute and wise in our dealings with the men and women of this world. Our Lord gives us the example to demonstrate to us the need to be reflective and careful with the responses we give to people, having always before our minds the fact that people's intentions and hypocrisy cannot be easily detected or unravelled. We need the wisdom of God to deal with this generation.
Let us pray: O Lord our God, you have taught us to be wise as serpents but gentle as doves, grant us your grace to imitate the example of your Son and live righteous lives that are worthy of you. Like Tobit, may our lives bear witness to you. Amen
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.