Tuesday, June 4, 2013

“O Lord, may you be mindful of me.” (Tobit 3:3)

At the most trying moments of suffering, this prayer full of trust rises to the lips of Tobit and Sarah. Both of them have been oppressed by misfortunes and lack of human understanding. Without knowing each other, they both have recourse to the same invocation to the One who can truly help them and relieve them. No lament or curse comes from them for the unmerited disgrace that has befallen them. They pray, “O Lord, may you be mindful of me!” It is a prayer full of trustful abandonment.

This turning to God is not only a simple remembering of a person or of a situation. It recalls the commitment assumed in the Covenant. It is an active and operative remembrance. God is remembered for having intervened in favor of His elect, even though they may have made themselves unworthy of His favors, as Tobit’s humble prayer reflects, “Punish me not for my sins, nor for my inadvertent offenses, nor for those of my ancestors.”

God’s love and fidelity are not conditioned by my lack of correspondence. I should believe this truth more and more each day. Temptation insinuates itself right here, as though God’s love were a prize for my goodness. The reality is exactly the opposite. God does not love me because I am lovable, but because His very love makes me lovable! This fact gives wings to my faith and brings me to throw myself into the arms of the most faithful Lover, God.