Tobit 3:1-11, 16-17;
Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs
Blessed are you in all your works forever! (Tobit 3:11)
“On the same day” in two different cities, two desperate people call on God’s mercy. The aged Tobit laments his blindness, and young Sarah contemplates suicide. Both are tired of being blamed and insulted for circumstances beyond their control, when each is just trying to do the right thing.
Because all God’s ways are mercy and truth, “at that very time, the prayer of these two suppliants was heard in the glorious presence of Almighty God” (Tobit 3:16). Responding out of love and compassion, God sends the angel Raphael to heal Tobit’s blindness and to deliver Sarah from the constant threat of demonic attack. And he does it through Tobit’s son, Tobiah.
At first Tobiah views himself simply as an obedient son setting off to retrieve an investment for his father. Little does he imagine that he will become God’s instrument of healing and deliverance. He just puts one foot in front of the other and deals with challenges that confront him along the way—with the help of the angel, of course! Because of Tobiah’s faithfulness, God is able to do great things through him and for him.
Like Tobit and Sarah, we too are God’s beloved people. And like them, we too experience setbacks, sicknesses, and spiritual temptations. But also like them, we have a “Tobiah” who can help us. His name is Jesus. Like Tobiah, he has healed us and opened our eyes. And like Tobiah, he has bound our enemy, the devil, and set us free from his harassment and threats.
Like Tobiah, Jesus walked, step-by-step, from Bethlehem to Nazareth to Galilee to Jerusalem. He put one foot in front of the other and faced every challenge that came against him. He would allow nobody and nothing to keep him from fulfilling his mission.
But here is the best part. Jesus not only saved us; he married us. What Tobiah did with Sarah, Jesus did with us. He calls us, the Church, his bride. He betrothed himself to us forever. How blessed we are! May we, the bride of Christ, long for the day when we will be fully united with our bridegroom. And until then, may we all remain faithful to him and pray, “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20).
“Thank you, Jesus, for saving us and marrying us!”~WAU