Friday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Bernard—Abbot, and Doctor of the Church (c.1090-+1153) Patron Saint of Cistercians, Beekeepers, and Candlemakers
Book of Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22, Psalm 146:5-6ab, 6c-7, 8-9a, 9bc-10, &
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Ruth? For some, it may be George Herman Ruth—better known as "The Babe." Coming in a close second is likely the candy bar, Baby Ruth. The truth be known, the candy bar was not named after the great baseball player but for the daughter of President Grover Cleveland. Our first reading from the Book of Ruth, the eighth Book of the Old Testament, is concise—only four chapters in length.
The Book of Ruth was named for the Moabite woman who was joined to the Israelites through her marriage to the influential Boaz of Bethlehem. It contains a beautiful example of filial piety (or respect for one's parents and elders), pleasing to the Hebrews and the Gentiles alike. The Book of Ruth aims to demonstrate the divine reward for such piety even when a stranger practices it.
God favored Ruth's piety, spirit of self-sacrifice, and moral integrity with the gift of faith and marriage to Boaz (tomorrow's first reading), whereby she became an ancestor of David and our Lord Jesus.
Today, as we look at world events, we pray that when we read the story of Ruth, we, too, may aspire to be given a heart like her and embrace our relationships with our family, friends, and to all we meet.
Question of the Day: Will you take the time to read the Book of Ruth to reveal her family's history in God's plan?
Prayer: God, You blessed Your Church with Saint Bernard, a man full of zeal for Your house, radiating brightness and ardent love. Through his intercession grant that we may be animated by the same spirit and always walk as children of light. Amen. (From "Lives of the Saints, Illustrated)