Scripture of the Day: Tobit 13
Blessed be God who lives forever,
because his kingship lasts for all ages.
For he afflicts and shows mercy,
casts down to the depths of Hades,
brings up from the great abyss.
What is there that can snatch from his hand?
Give thanks to him, you Israelites, in the presence of the nations,
for though he has scattered you among them,
even there recount his greatness.
Exalt him before every living being,
because he is your Lord, and he is your God,
our Father and God forever and ever!
He will afflict you for your iniquities,
but will have mercy on all of you.
He will gather you from all the nations
among whom you have been scattered.
When you turn back to him with all your heart,
and with all your soul do what is right before him,
Then he will turn to you,
and will hide his face from you no longer.
Now consider what he has done for you,
and give thanks with full voice.
Bless the Lord of righteousness,
and exalt the King of the ages.
In the land of my captivity I give thanks,
and declare his power and majesty to a sinful nation.
According to your heart do what is right before him:
perhaps there will be pardon for you.
As for me, I exalt my God,
my soul exalts the King of heaven,
and rejoices all the days of my life.
Let all sing praise to his greatness,
- Read all of Tobit 13
Our deepest task is to lead all of creation in the great chorus of praise. Through our human voices the whole cosmos finds its voice, giving praise to God. — Bishop Robert Barron, World Meeting of Families Keynote Address, Philadelphia, 9-22-2015