Saint Stephen's Statue.

ST. STEPHEN'S

CATHOLIC CHURCH

 

12, Gbeto Street, Off Iwaya Road, Onike-Iwaya, Yaba-Lagos.
info@ststepheniwaya.org

Saint Stephen's Building.
 

 

Scripture: Tobit6,9-12;7,1,9-12,16;8,1,4-9; Resp. Psalm:Ps128,1-5; Gosp. Accl.: 2Tim1,10; Gospel: Mk12,28-34

0a051d03aa2a56ec707788239723c2dcGod has a plan for each and everyone of us. We make plans, big and small, everyday of our lives. We imagine what our future will look like and project into that future. We use our present time to work assiduously for the realization of that "dream" future that we have conceptualized for ourselves. In all our plans and plannings, we must not forget that God has a plan too for us and that His plan is ultimately the best for us because it will never end in our defeat, disgrace, destruction but in our glorification and advancement. His plan is the type that will make even those who hate us to be green with envy!

Sarah the daughter of Raguel had been afflicted all her life. As described by the word of God today, here was a very sensible, brave and beautiful girl, the only daughter of her father, the heiress to all her father's property. She had everything a girl of marriage age would have. But she was afflicted! She had married seven husbands who died on her wedding night. This was the burden she was carrying in her life. But she never lost hope that God could change her fortune. She believed that God had a plan for her and that His plan would still be realized.

Archangel Raphael told Tobias that this was the girl he was to marry. The word of God today taught us and instructed us that Tobias did not desire to marry Sarah for lust or to take possession of her father's property. He did not want Sarah for mundane, selfish, greedy purposes. He wanted her to take away her shame, to fulfil the injunctions of Yahweh who made the first parents male and female and cooperators in God's creative plans.

Tobias wanted to marry Sarah not for a period of time but so that both of them could grow old together. He wanted Sarah as his companion for life! Having experienced the true love of God I'm his life, Tobias wanted Sarah not for lust but for love. He had all the basis for true marriage. On the very night of their marriage, the very night they slept in the same room, they both prayed into the night. They both feared and loved God and only wanted to do what pleased Him. The Psalmist today gives us the result of such attitude: blessings from God, fruitfulness, prosperity, abundance of children, long life, divine protection.

Tobias and Sarah fulfilled what our Lord in today's gospel told the scribe who questioned Him about the first and most important commandment. Our Lord on that occasion told the scribe that the first is to love God with all our heart, and with all our soul and with all our mind and with all our strength. In sum, to love God with everything we are! Then our Lord said the second is to love our neighbour as ourselves. These are the two greatest commandments of the entire law and the foundation of all the other laws: love, love, love!

Tobias the son of the righteous Tobit and Sarah the daughter of the righteous Raguel both understood this. They saw this practised in the lives of their parents. They were privileged to have had a good nursery foundation for their lives. They had the right priorities. They followed God's plan for their lives. They believed and trusted God that whatever plans He had was the best they could ever hope to get. They stayed with God. God blessed their faithfulness.

We are called by the word of God to adherence to God's plan for us. God cannot deceive us. He cannot but have a good plan to advance our lives. Let us submit ourselves to Him. Let us not think that He is wasting time in coming to our aid. We must not forget that when God delivered Israel from Egypt, it seemed like a dream! Let us wait unto Him for the fulfilment of his plans and promises.

Let us pray: God our Father, you alone have the best plans for our good. Hasten to our aid. Manifest your presence. Comfort and console us. Give us patient fortitude to wait for the full manifestation of your good plans for us. Amen.

May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.

 

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