Saturday's Mass readings (almsgiving better than fasting / priests who love respect, etc..)

**Saturday (6-6) **

**Tobit 12:1, 5-15, 20: **

Tobit called his son Tobiah and said to him, “Son, see to it that you give what is due to the man who made the journey with you; give him a bonus too.” So he called Raphael and said, “take as your wages half of all that you have brought back, and go in peace.” Raphael called the two men aside privately and said to them: “Thank God! Give him the praise and the glory. Before all the living, acknowledge the many good things he has done for you, by blessing and extolling his name in song. Honor and proclaim God’s deeds, and do not be slack in praising him. A king’s secret is prudent to keep, but the works of God are to be declared and made known. Praise them with due honor. Do good, and evil will not find its way to you. Prayer and fasting are good, but better than either is almsgiving accompanied by righteousness. A little with righteousness is better than abundance with wickedness. It is better to give alms than to store up gold; for almsgiving saves one from death and expiates every sin [Good works atone for past sins]. Those who regularly give alms shall enjoy a full life; but those habitually guilty of sin are their own worst enemies. “I will now tell you the whole truth; I will conceal nothing at all from you. I have already said to you, ‘A king’s secret it is prudent to keep, but the works of God are to be made known with due honor.’ I can now tell you that when you, Tobit, and Sarah prayed, it was I who presented and read the record of your prayer before the glory of the Lord; and I did the same thing when you used to bury the dead. When you did not hesitate to get up and leave your dinner in order to go and bury the dead, I was sent to put you to the test. At the same time, however, God commissioned me to heal you and your daughter-in-law Sarah. I am Raphael, one of the seven angels who enter and serve before the Glory of the Lord. So now get up from the ground and praise God. Behold, I am about to ascend to him who sent me; write down all these things that have happened to you.”

St Mk 12:38-44**:

In the course of his teaching Jesus said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets. They devour the houses of widows and as a pretext, recite lengthy prayers. They will receive a very severe condemnation.” He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, ‘amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.”

It’s interesting that Tobit says God scourged him as well as healed him. I can relate!! I think God scourges us because we are impure and have to be cleansed… yet Tobit seemed like a righteous man… (we are all sinners, though).

almsgiving is more important than prayer/fasting. Hmm… only problem is… which BHO as president, supposedly, there won’t BE any poor people to give alms to… The poor can get assistance from the gov’t… so this is something else to not appreciate about BHO… he is removing our chance to have compassion on anyone… except the 3rd world and i think he is going to put them on welfare also… If they are starving, OK… but as the saying goes… better to teach one to fish than just hand him a fish… or something like that…


Have you known priests who seem to fit the description st Mk 12:48?? :rolleyes:

Um, wrong forum I think for this… Are you looking for Catholics to complain about priests? Or are you looking for a political discussion?

Either way, seems the wrong place.

its a free country, isnt it??

First Amendment and all that…

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