“Thank God! Give him the praise and the glory. Before all the living, acknowledge the many good things he has done for you.”

Today marks the end of the lectionary readings from Tobit (Tb 12:1, 5-15, 20).  Shortly after saying the words above, the archangel Raphael reveals his true identity to Tobit and his son Tobiah as the one they have had dealings with in recent days.  Dark days have passed and the Lord’s blessings are apparent to them all.

Raphael’s advice is timeless.  Not only should we always be mindful of the One from whom all good things come but we should not be shy about sharing this good news (and, in turn, the Good News) with others.  There are many ways we can and should evangelize, but none is easier than simply conveying to those around us our joy in the Lord.  It is a rare person who doesn’t tell others of a great restaurant, a fantastic concert, a riveting movie, or an engaging book.  Why then should we be reticent in letting the world know about the blessings of the Holy Trinity?

By doing this we help to honor, with our witness, Jesus’ command to “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” (Mk 16:15)

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