Scripture Reading: Ruth 2:1-11
Most often one hears statements such as “why me?” A statement of this nature is usually associated with misfortunes, persistent disappointment or setbacks. It is not commonly associated with glorious happenings. Today, we hear Ruth, a foreigner and widow say to Boaz “Why should you be so concerned about me? Why should you be so kind to me? A Moabite woman?” Ruth lost her husband as a young lady and opted to follow her mother-in-law rather than go back to her people. She said to her mother-in-law, Naomi, “Don’t ask me to leave you! Let me go with you. Wherever you go, I will go, wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.” (Ruth 1:16) This decision further impoverished Ruth as her mother-in-law was a very poor woman. So Ruth was therefore, a woman whose future didn’t hold any hope.
God in his providence caused Ruth to find favour in the eyes of Naomi’s relative named Boaz. Boaz was a rich man and the owner of a field where Ruth was permitted to work. Of course Ruth was surprised at this show of love towards her, hence, she asked, “What have I done to deserve such kindness? . . . . I am only a foreigner.” (Ruth 2:10)Boaz naturally was a good man, and decided to show compassion to Ruth because of her kind and mindful action towards her mother-in-law. Boaz said to Ruth, “I have heard about everything that you have done
for your mother-in-law since your husband died. I know how you left your father and mother and your own country and how you came to leave among a people you had never known before.” (Ruth 2:11) He then prayed for her saying, “May the Lord reward you for what you have done. May you have a full reward from the Lord God of Israel, to whom you have come for protection.” (V12) The Psalmist says, “He will cover you with his wings; you will be safe in his care; his faithfulness will protect and defend you.”(Ps. 91:4)
Beloved in Christ, like Ruth, we are foreigners in this world. Our permanent home is heaven, the abode of God. From here he showers his love upon all mankind but our sins continue to separate us from His loving kindness. One may wonder why God would choose to love us, even as undeserving as we are. We cannot explain it, but He had to send his son Jesus Christ to die for mankind, even while all were yet sinners (Rm. 5:8). Ruth was undeserving, but Boaz saw in her hope and a future; to the extent that he married her. Through the generation of Boaz and Ruth, our Lord was born. Dear friend in Christ, though Ruth was nobody in the eyes of man, she was a great woman of great future in God’s eyes. This was made possible because of the honourable and kind way with which she handled her mother-in-law, Naomi. God and man were pleased and she received instant reward. Today, the Holy Spirit encourages all widows/widowers to trust in God’s providence. Secondly, eschew all forms of bitterness and wickedness. He also admonishes all married women to be kind to their mother-in-laws and mother-in-laws should love their daughter-in-laws. In doing this, the favour of God is attracted. Hear St. Thomas Aquinas, “All events that take place in this world, even those apparently fortuitous or casual, are comprehended of divine providence, on which fate depends.”
Is 56: 1-3a. 6-8; Ps 67: 2-3. 5. 7-8 (R. 4); Jn 5: 33-36
- Thank God for today’s reflection.
- Lord God of mercy, grant me the heart of Ruth.
- Holy Father, as Ruth said, I declare that starting from today, “I will seek you with all my heart, love and
fear You. You shall be my God and I Your child. Help me O Lord to realize this.”
- Pray for all widows/widowers that God may have mercy upon them.
- Pray for all mother-in-laws that God may give them the grace to lover their daughter-in-laws.
- Pray for daughter-in-laws that they may be sources of delight and love to their mother-in-laws.
Exercise: Send a wonderful present to someone you love but preferably mother or daughter-in-law.
Memory Verse: Ruth 1:16