After I became Catholic I discovered that the Book of Tobit is really a jewel. First of all, it's a great story - like Jonah and the whale. God is at work in mysterious ways! Second, it is full of great advice. The Scripture reading in today's Morning Prayer (Lauds) was the following, from Tobit, Chapter 4:
Be careful, my child, in all you do, well-disciplined in all your behavior. Do to no one what you would not want done to you. Give your bread to those who are hungry, and your clothes to those who are naked. Whatever you own in plenty, devote a proportion to almsgiving. Bless the Lord God in everything; beg him to guide your ways and bring your paths and purposes to their end.
I am curious to know all the different ways my readers feed the poor. Do you volunteer? Serve dinner at the Salvation Army? Please leave a comment and suggest ways we can help others. Is your parish or church community doing something? Food shelf? Meals on Wheels?
There is a refugee crisis going on in the world right now - does the admonition to feed the poor and clothe the naked feel more urgent to you? It does to me. I am working out how I can help - what I can do. Suggestions are welcome! In the meantime I feel it is important to continue to urge all Christians not to give in to fear but to walk in the light of God's love - remembering that He loves every single human being.
I am a Catholic wife, mom and grandma. In 1995, after Bible college and a few years as an Evangelical Missionary, I was received into the Church at the Easter Vigil. These are my personal musings on Scripture, prayer, and living close to Jesus.