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June 04, 2021

Tb 11: 5-17

Meanwhile, Anna sat looking intently down the road by which her son would come. When she caught sight of him coming, she said to his father, ‘Look, your son is coming, and the man who went with him!’

Raphael said to Tobias, before he had approached his father, ‘I know that his eyes will be opened. Smear the gall of the fish on his eyes; the medicine will make the white films shrink and peel off from his eyes, and your father will regain his sight and see the light.’

Then Anna ran up to her son and threw her arms around him, saying, ‘Now that I have seen you, my child, I am ready to die.’ And she wept. Then Tobit got up and came stumbling out through the courtyard door. Tobias went up to him, with the gall of the fish in his hand, and holding him firmly, he blew into his eyes, saying, ‘Take courage, father.’ 

With this he applied the medicine on his eyes, and it made them smart. Next, with both his hands he peeled off the white films from the corners of his eyes. Then Tobit saw his son and threw his arms around him, and he wept and said to him, ‘I see you, my son, the light of my eyes!’ Then he said,

‘Blessed be God,

   and blessed be his great name,

   and blessed be all his holy angels.

May his holy name be blessed

   throughout all the ages.

Though he afflicted me,

   he has had mercy upon me.

   Now I see my son Tobias!’

So Tobit went in rejoicing and praising God at the top of his voice. Tobias reported to his father that his journey had been successful, that he had brought the money, that he had married Raguel’s daughter Sarah, and that she was, indeed, on her way there, very near to the gate of Nineveh.

Then Tobit, rejoicing and praising God, went out to meet his daughter-in-law at the gate of Nineveh. When the people of Nineveh saw him coming, walking along in full vigour and with no one leading him, they were amazed. Before them all, Tobit acknowledged that God had been merciful to him and had restored his sight. When Tobit met Sarah the wife of his son Tobias, he blessed her saying, ‘Come in, my daughter, and welcome. 

Blessed be your God who has brought you to us, my daughter. Blessed be your father and your mother, blessed be my son Tobias, and blessed be you, my daughter. Come in now to your home, and welcome, with blessing and joy. Come in, my daughter.’ So on that day there was rejoicing among all the Jews who were in Nineveh.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Thank You Jesus!

I admire the loud, public and unabashed exclamations of joy and praise from Anna and Tobit.  We experience the same miracles as they did: a long-distant child or friend steps off a plane from across the country or across the globe and back into our arms; or a cataract is removed and full sight restored in quick, out-patient surgery.  But my words of joy and praise tend to be more muted.

Around North Carolina it is common to see yard signs that say “Thank You Jesus!”  I have wondered about the genesis of those signs and my hope is that they spring from the same shout-it-out-loud impulse as Anna and Tobit felt.  I pray to find more of my own unrestrained ways to shout out my thanks and praise to God.

—Allain Andry is the Charlotte regional coordinator for Contemplative Leaders in Action, an Ignatian spirituality and leadership program for young adults that is a program of the Office of Ignatian Spirituality.  He is also a spiritual director at St. Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC, the Jesuit parish in the Diocese of Charlotte.

 

Prayer

Blessed be God,
        and praised be his great name,
        and blessed be all his holy angels.

May his holy name be praised
        throughout all the ages,

Because it was he who scourged me,
        and it is he who has had mercy on me.

Behold, I now see .  .  .!

—Tb 5: 14-15


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June 04, 2021

Tb 11: 5-17

Meanwhile, Anna sat looking intently down the road by which her son would come. When she caught sight of him coming, she said to his father, ‘Look, your son is coming, and the man who went with him!’

Raphael said to Tobias, before he had approached his father, ‘I know that his eyes will be opened. Smear the gall of the fish on his eyes; the medicine will make the white films shrink and peel off from his eyes, and your father will regain his sight and see the light.’

Then Anna ran up to her son and threw her arms around him, saying, ‘Now that I have seen you, my child, I am ready to die.’ And she wept. Then Tobit got up and came stumbling out through the courtyard door. Tobias went up to him, with the gall of the fish in his hand, and holding him firmly, he blew into his eyes, saying, ‘Take courage, father.’ 

With this he applied the medicine on his eyes, and it made them smart. Next, with both his hands he peeled off the white films from the corners of his eyes. Then Tobit saw his son and threw his arms around him, and he wept and said to him, ‘I see you, my son, the light of my eyes!’ Then he said,

‘Blessed be God,

   and blessed be his great name,

   and blessed be all his holy angels.

May his holy name be blessed

   throughout all the ages.

Though he afflicted me,

   he has had mercy upon me.

   Now I see my son Tobias!’

So Tobit went in rejoicing and praising God at the top of his voice. Tobias reported to his father that his journey had been successful, that he had brought the money, that he had married Raguel’s daughter Sarah, and that she was, indeed, on her way there, very near to the gate of Nineveh.

Then Tobit, rejoicing and praising God, went out to meet his daughter-in-law at the gate of Nineveh. When the people of Nineveh saw him coming, walking along in full vigour and with no one leading him, they were amazed. Before them all, Tobit acknowledged that God had been merciful to him and had restored his sight. When Tobit met Sarah the wife of his son Tobias, he blessed her saying, ‘Come in, my daughter, and welcome. 

Blessed be your God who has brought you to us, my daughter. Blessed be your father and your mother, blessed be my son Tobias, and blessed be you, my daughter. Come in now to your home, and welcome, with blessing and joy. Come in, my daughter.’ So on that day there was rejoicing among all the Jews who were in Nineveh.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Thank You Jesus!

I admire the loud, public and unabashed exclamations of joy and praise from Anna and Tobit.  We experience the same miracles as they did: a long-distant child or friend steps off a plane from across the country or across the globe and back into our arms; or a cataract is removed and full sight restored in quick, out-patient surgery.  But my words of joy and praise tend to be more muted.

Around North Carolina it is common to see yard signs that say “Thank You Jesus!”  I have wondered about the genesis of those signs and my hope is that they spring from the same shout-it-out-loud impulse as Anna and Tobit felt.  I pray to find more of my own unrestrained ways to shout out my thanks and praise to God.

—Allain Andry is the Charlotte regional coordinator for Contemplative Leaders in Action, an Ignatian spirituality and leadership program for young adults that is a program of the Office of Ignatian Spirituality.  He is also a spiritual director at St. Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC, the Jesuit parish in the Diocese of Charlotte.

 

Prayer

Blessed be God,
        and praised be his great name,
        and blessed be all his holy angels.

May his holy name be praised
        throughout all the ages,

Because it was he who scourged me,
        and it is he who has had mercy on me.

Behold, I now see .  .  .!

—Tb 5: 14-15


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