Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The question in Tobit: why do good people suffer?: Daily Mass Homily--Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

(Listen to this homily here).

            I hope you all learned an important lesson from our first reading today: never sleep under birds!  Indeed, this is what we heard Tobit report: “I did not know there were birds perched on the wall above me, till their warm droppings settled in my eyes, causing cataracts.”
            Now this passage may seem strange, but the basic point is that Tobit, a good and righteous man, had something terrible happen to him.  Remember from yesterday how Tobit buried the dead?  Now a tragedy takes place!
            The book of Tobit shares in story-form one of the perennial questions of man: why do good people suffer?  We will see how not only Tobit, but also his future sister-in-law Sarah are freed from their suffering by God.
            I preached a couple of weeks ago about how we respond when bad things happen to us.  Might I suggest reading the book of Tobit today?  (It’s short!)  Read the lives of the saints and martyrs.  Find inspiration in those who faced suffering well—innocently—to be strengthened to face anything life may bring you.

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