- Tobit took the angel’s words seriously. He prayed out loud and long, proclaiming God’s great mercy to anyone who would listen. He also prayed for his countrymen. If God could bring about such healing in Tobit’s life, what more could he do for the people of Israel!
- Tobit, apparently, lived a happy life after that. He passed on when he was 112. He was 58 when he became blind and was blind for four years. He continued to give alms and to praise God.
- Before he died, he called Tobias (who now had seven sons) and told him to leave Nineveh and to return to Media. He predicted the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem as well as its restoration. When the temple would be rebuilt, people would see and be converted to the one God.
- He made Tobias promise that he would leave the day his mother was buried.
Acts, Chapter 26, Verse 5-7 5They have known about me from the start, if they are willing to testify, that I have lived my life as a Pharisee, the strictest party of our religion. 6But now I am standing trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our ancestors. 7 Our twelve tribes hope to attain to that promise as they fervently worship God day and night; and on account of this hope I am accused by Jews, O king.
Paul clearly explains that his entire life was in preparation for the hope of Israel, Christ Jesus, who Israel did not recognize as the son of God. Paul states that the prophets and Moses had foretold that the Christ would suffer, and as first to be raised from the dead, he would proclaim light to both God’s people and the Gentiles. The resurrection is God’s promise to Israel. Paul like Christ ultimately was a victim of intolerance.
Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
GOSPEL Matthew 13: 24 – 30
At that time Jesus spoke this parable…