FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2015
LOOK AT JESUS, LOOK TO THE POOR – 4
June 1, 2015
Today’s reading: Tobit 1:3, 2:1-8
What is a Christian? It is one who looks at Jesus and looks to the poor. It is one who grows in faith and holiness, and looks to the needs of the poor. We have a model in Tobit. “I, Tobit, have walked all the days of my life on paths of fidelity and righteousness. I performed many charitable deeds for my kindred and my people” (v.1:3). He fed the hungry, clothed the naked, and buried the dead (v.1:17).
Tobit was a rich man, lost his wealth under King Sennacherib, then was restored to good fortune. On the feast of Pentecost, he reclined to eat a sumptuous meal, but then had his son Tobiah search for poor people to share his meal (v.2:2). Told that one of their people had been murdered, he left the meal untouched and took the dead man for burial. In this way he risked his life, as doing so was a crime punishable by execution (v.2:8).
Tobit went out of his way to share with the poor and to minister to the poor, even at great risk to himself. In burying the dead he had his property confiscated and was left with nothing (v.1:20), but here he was again doing the very same thing. Tobit was the complete opposite of the rich man who ignored the plight of the poor man Lazarus just outside his door.
Jesus says it is hard for the rich man to enter heaven. But it can be done. Just look at Jesus and look to the poor.
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