Grace to you!
A priest visited a patient who was in serious pain, suffering from cancer. Her face was ridden with agony and her voice reminded one of unimaginable grief. She said: “I feel the best option for me is to die and suffer no more.”
Many times people face situations they wish it were better to die than to live. If you are in this situation or have faced it before, you are not alone.
In the story of Tobit 3:1-11; 16-17, (you may want to read the entire story), one realizes that biblical characters faced similar situations, just as we do. Tobit, suffering from blindness for four years, wished, and actually prayed, that God would take his life. Sarah, having been married seven times and her husbands dying one after another, desired not to marry again. Instead she wished to die. Their stories are as real as ours today.
While their stories remind us that the strong also cry, in my opinion, we shouldn't emulate the example of praying that God will take our life. Instead, we should ask God, who is our provident Father, to look upon us with kindness and answer our prayers. In both cases of Tobit and Sarah, God answered. He always does in the way that is the best for us.
There are many situations in our life we can't change. Try as we may, we must live with them. Therefore, what best spiritual disposition should we have regarding those situations?
Are we to continuously mourn and lament? Look sad and engage in pity party? Get frustrated and feisty? Are we to resort to substance abuse or get high on drugs? Do we give up and allow ourselves to get depressed? None of these options are healthy for us. I pray we be strengthened not to become victims of any of them.
Have you considered offering them up with intentional prayers and petitions concerning the situation? God hears. God listens.
Even if there won't be a miracle, which is always possible with God (Luke 1:37), there will be a miracle of inner peace, inner healing, inner joy, plus resignation to God's will for us, which the scripture says, "is good for us."
Is there anything causing us some frustrating feelings, may we offer it to God in prayer. God knows how to make good come from the frustrations. Frustrating situations offered to God return to us with a gentle breeze of inner peace, peace of soul. I guess we all want peace of soul.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Wednesday Week 9: Tobit 3:1-11A, 16-17A; Mk 12:18-27]
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.