I am not nearly as grateful as I should be. So much in my life has been a gift I have not deserved. Certainly the most important is the gift of my creation, my life, from God, which I did nothing to earn. But there are the countless gifts I simply take for granted. My basic needs are met. My education has been provided by others. The Dominican community which is so important to me has become so because of God’s mercy and the mercy of my brothers. Again and Again, rather than seeing the overwhelming gifts I have been given, it seems more to me that I am too quick to take credit for my accomplishments, and too quick to focus on my sufferings.
Today’s first reading provides a wonderful picture of the fruit of gratitude. With a grateful heart that seeks to be seen in a gift to a helpful stranger, Tobit encounters the living God in the Archangel Raphael. While it certainly did not appear so to Tobit, God was always present in his life moving and acting in grace. Show your gratitude today to see the active presence of God.