Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures
Wednesday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time
Their Prayers Were Heard
When I returned home, I couldn’t recall how I came across the little Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I opened it and began to pray. In the past, these prayers always rose from my heart towards God, now it seemed to be an empty whisper. I reached for my old book of meditation, but my efforts were in vain… A dark, frigid and mute silence surrounded me from all sides. I burst into tears: “God no longer wants to have anything to do with me.” (Elizabeth 1961-1962)
Today’s Readings: At that very time,
the prayer of these two suppliants
was heard in the glorious presence of Almighty God.
So Raphael was sent to heal them both:
to remove the cataracts from Tobit’s eyes,
so that he might again see God’s sunlight;
and to marry Raguel’s daughter Sarah to Tobit’s son Tobiah,
and then drive the wicked demon Asmodeus from her. (Tobit 3)
Prayer Meditation- Lord, we see today two hurting people in the first reading of the Mass. Tobit, blinded in the course of doing good and Sarah, tormented by a demon when all she wants is a husband and a family. Lord today we also see hurting people all around us- even in our own families and in certain seasons they may be us. Like Tobit, we are doing all the right things but the wrong things keep happening. We try to pray, but it can feel dry and useless. But Lord, this is not where this ends, even if the valley seems very deep right now with an uphill climb that seems unsurmountable. Because You are a God who hears our prayers and You already have dispensed your angels with Your orders and Your healing. We are never alone because as we read in today’s Gospel, You are the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of the living! And we are alive in You! So let us keep coming to You, even when we have no idea where You are, trusting that You are working all things for our good (Romans 8:28) and that You are the God who listens and the God who acts in Your perfect timing and Your Perfect Will!