Be Like Tobit

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Our first reading today is the beginning of the book of Tobit. This is one of those books that is found in the Catholic Bible, but not in a Protestant one. (Unless it contained the Apocryphal or Deuterocanonical books.) We’ll talk about today’s story in a moment. In the Gospel reading from Mark 12, Jesus tells a parable about a landowner who sends his servants to care for his vineyard. They are all killed. Talk about shooting the messenger!

Tobit is a very interesting character, and a very interesting book. In today’s story, we see Tobit’s son, Tobiah, has found the body of a murdered kinsman in the city. Tobit goes and gets the body and buries it after sunset. This was actually a dangerous thing to do at that place and time. In fact, Tobit had been “hunted down for execution because of this very thing.” He narrowly escaped, but went ahead and did it again, despite being mocked by the neighbors. Why? Because it was the right thing to do. (Note: burying the dead is one of the Corporal Works of Mercy.)

Ever feel that way? That you, too, were being “hunted down” for doing the right thing? Like upholding the value of every life. Fighting to preserve the family. Speaking the truth in the midst of a culture that holds that truth is whatever anyone says it is. It can, indeed, make us afraid. We want to fit in. We don’t want to not be liked. But at some point, we have to draw a line. Are we going to be unafraid to do what is right? Or are we going to cow-tow to those who wish to push amorality on everyone? Take courage, my friend. Be not afraid to be like Tobit, to do the right thing.

Father, forgive us for those times when we cave in to the world’s message of moral relativism. We ask that you give us the courage to do the right thing, always. Amen.

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1 comment

  • Carl: June 06, 2023

    Too bad that today’s reading limited the first chapter of Tobit to verse 3. Reading the whole chapter (it’s a short read) shows just how much Tobit risked – and lost – by adhering his faith and Mosaic law.

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