June 4 Mass readings (Tobit & his wife pray on wedding night / holy matrimony / You shall love your neighbor as yourself)

Thursday (6-4)

Tobit 6:10-11, 7:1, 8:4-9:

When the angel Raphael and Tobiah had entered Media and were getting close to Echatana, Raphael said to the boy, “Tobiah, my brother!” He replied: “Here I am!” He said: “tonight we must stay with Raguel, who is a relative of yours. He has a daughter named Sarah.” So he brought him to the house of Raguel, whom they found seated by his courtyard gate. They greeted him first. He said to them, “Greetings to you too, Brothers! Good health to you and welcome! And he brought them into his home. Raguel slaughtered a ram from the flock and gave them a cordial reception. When they had bathed and reclined to eat, Tobiah said to Raphael, “Brother Azariah, ask Raguel to let me marry my kinswoman Sarah.” Raguel overheard the words; so he said to the boy: “Eat and drink and be merry tonight, for no man is more entitled to marry my daughter Sarah than you, Brother. Besides, not even I have the right to give her to anyone but you, because you are my closest relative. But I will explain the situation to you very frankly. I have given her in marriage to seven men, all of whom were kinsmen of ours, and all died on the very night they approached her. But now, Son, eat and drink. I am sure the Lord will look after you both.” Tobiah answered, “I will eat or drink nothing until you set aside what belongs to me.” Raguel said to him: “I will do it. She is yours according to the decree of the Book of Moses. Your marriage to her has been decided in Heaven! Take your kinswoman; from now on you are her love, and she is your beloved. She is yours today and ever after. And tonight, Son, may the Lord of Heaven prosper you both. May he grant you mercy and peace.” Then Raguel called his daughter Sarah, and she came to him. He took her by the hand and gave her to Tobiah with the words: “Take her according to the law. According to the decree written in the book of Moses she is your wife. Take her and bring her back safely to your father. And may the God of Heaven grant both of you peace and prosperity.” Raguel then called Sarah’s mother and told her to bring a scroll, so that he might draw up a marriage contract stating that he gave Sarah to Tobiah as his wife according to the decree of the Mosaic law. Her mother brought the scroll, and Raguel drew up the contract, to which they affixed their seals. Afterward they began to eat and drink. Later Raguel called his wife Edna and said, “My love, prepare the other bedroom and bring the girl there.” She went and made the bed in the room, as she was told, and brought the girl there. After she had cried over her, she wiped away the tears and said: “Be brave, my daughter. May the Lord grant you joy in place of your grief. Courage, my daughter.” Then she left. When the girl’s parents left the bedroom and closed the door behind them, ***Tobiah arose from bed and said to his wife, “My love, get up. Let us pray and beg our Lord to have mercy on us and to grant us deliverance.” She got up, and they started to pray ***and beg that deliverance might be theirs. And they began to say: “Blessed are you, O God of our fathers, praised be your name forever and ever. Let the heavens and all your creation praise you forever. You made Adam and you gave him his wife Eve to be his help and support; and from these two the human race descended. You said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone; let us make him a partner like himself.’ Now, Lord, you know that I take this wife of mine not because of lust, but for a noble purpose. Call down your mercy on me and on her, and allow us to live together to a happy old age.” They said together, “Amen, amen,” and went to bed for the night.

St Mk 12:28-34:

One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replied, “The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” The scribe said to him, “Well said, Teacher. You are right in saying He is One and there is no other than he. And to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And no one dared to ask him any more questions.

*Tobit started his marriage with a prayer with his wife. These days, many marriages don’t seem to begin OR end in prayer…

This psg reflects the Church’s view on holy matrimony… seems it must be holy BEFORE the wedding… but… well… sexuality these days doesn’t seem to be too holy… :rolleyes:

Love your neighbor as yourself…

We all know we must love our neighbor but what does this mean? Does it mean letting a loved one walk all over us. I think not. Everybody talks about love but nobody seems to be able to explain what love really is… Or maybe there are as many definitions of the word as there are people in the world?

To me, love means giving people what they need, namely the truth of Catholicism… the narrow way to Heaven…*

Well, Tobit knew that a moment of great danger had arrived, so he said, “arise
my dear and let us pray”. He probably did this at the exact time that the evil demon
was planning to try and kill him. Here is a perfect example of the passage, “resist
the devil, and he will flee from you”.

In today’s gospel, the scribe tells Jesus that he agrees with Him about the two most
important commandments. To this Jesus replies, “You are not far from the kingdom
of God”. Hmm… after following these 2 commandments, wonder what he still has
to do? In Luke chapter 19 we find Zacchaeus telling our Lord that he gives half of
what he owns to the poor, and pays back anyone he has cheated in the least 4 times
over. To this Jesus replies, “Today salvation has come to this house”.

How do we love? it’s all there in Corinthians 13. There’s a big list and who can even
do the first thing on it? Every thing on the list is a challenge, yet we are expected to
do them all, all the time. If you were able to do everything on the list, then you get to
verse 8 and it says “love never fails”. See what God expects from married people?
Not only that, He expects it from us all. By our own power, it is impossible, but with
God, everything is possible…


thanks for your comments which i also like reading…

yes, love means doing things for people that help them… help them get to heaven… help them not to be so earthly-minded… help them whatever way they need help… Sometimes charitable org’s are too involved w/ helping popele with material needs. That’s great because people have those kinds of needs sometimes but they often neglect to help them spriitually… I think some places that give out food… well, some ofthe recipients may be using drugs/alcohol & that’s why they have no $ for food… definitely NOT saying all of them… but anyway… If people were ALSO taught things like how difficult it is to make it to Heaven… maybe they would give up the drugs/alc… they’d have tht healthy fear of God needed to get on that narrow pathway to heaven… and then their souls AND their bodies AND their families… would be better off…

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