I Can See Clearly Now
Malvern Minute

 

June 9, 2017 – Friday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Ephrem, Deacon, Doctor of the Church

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A reading from the Book of Tobit (11:5-17)

Anna sat watching the road by which her son was to come.
When she saw him coming, she exclaimed to his father,
“Tobit, your son is coming, and the man who traveled with him!”

Raphael said to Tobiah before he reached his father:
“I am certain that his eyes will be opened.
Smear the fish gall on them.
This medicine will make the cataracts shrink and peel off from his eyes;
then your father will again be able to see the light of day.”

Then Anna ran up to her son, threw her arms around him,
and said to him,
“Now that I have seen you again, son, I am ready to die!”
And she sobbed aloud.

Tobit got up and stumbled out through the courtyard gate.
Tobiah went up to him with the fish gall in his hand,
and holding him firmly, blew into his eyes.
“Courage, father,” he said.
Next he smeared the medicine on his eyes, and it made them smart.
Then, beginning at the corners of Tobit’s eyes,
Tobiah used both hands to peel off the cataracts.

When Tobit saw his son, he threw his arms around him and wept.
He exclaimed, “I can see you, son, the light of my eyes!”
Then he said:

“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 my son Tobiah!”

Then Tobit went back in, rejoicing and praising God with full voice
for everything that had happened.
Tobiah told his father that
the Lord God had granted him a successful journey;
that he had brought back the money;
and that he had married Raguel’s daughter Sarah,
who would arrive shortly,
for she was approaching the gate of Nineveh.

Tobit and Anna rejoiced
and went out to the gate of Nineveh
to meet their daughter-in-law.
When the people of Nineveh saw Tobit walking along briskly,
with no one leading him by the hand, they were amazed.
Before them all Tobit proclaimed
how God had mercifully restored sight to his eyes.

When Tobit reached Sarah, the wife of his son Tobiah,
he greeted her: “Welcome, my daughter!
Blessed be your God for bringing you to us, daughter!
Blessed is your father, and blessed is my son Tobiah,
and blessed are you, daughter!
Welcome to your home with blessing and joy.
Come in, daughter!”
That day there was joy for all the Jews who lived in Nineveh.
 

Reflect: I can see you, son, the light of my eyes! The restoration of Tobit’s eyesight is one story among another in this long reading from the Book of Tobit.  The Archangel Raphael has accompanied Tobit’s son, Tobiah, on a successful journey during which Tobiah was married to Sarah, who had previously lost seven husbands on the night of their marriage. God intended for Tobiah and Sarah to be together – they were blessed and return home to Tobiah’s family.  The angel provides Tobiah with a cure for his father’s blindness from cataracts. Tobit rejoices and sings praises to God that he is able to see once again. Earlier in the Book of Tobit, we see both Tobit and Sarah in despair because of the suffering they experienced. It wasn’t easy, but both put their trust in God and prayed that they might find new hope, new light. At some point, we all experience challenges and wonder what we did to deserve this or that. We can wonder if God is hearing our prayer.  This powerful story from the Old Testament remains so that we might find encouragement.  God wants to lift the “blindness” from our eyes so that we can refocus on the grace and blessings around us. May God give us the grace to see more clearly!

Questions: How might I be missing the blessings that God wants to impart on me? If I feel down about life, can I ask God to renew me with his Holy Spirit? What ways has God lifted the blindness in my life so that I can see his love and mercy more clearly?

Pray: Loving God, you are my hope. Please take away anything that impedes me from seeing your love and mercy, your blessings, in my life. I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Ephrem: Pray for us!

Saint Ephrem was a deacon who lived in what is now Turkey. He was a Syrian theologian and poet who authored biblical commentaries, homilies, and many hymns that are stilled utilized today by the Syriac Catholic liturgy. He is known as the “Harp of the Holy Spirit.” He died in 373 after serving famine victims in Edessa. In 1920, Pope Benedict XV recognized Ephrem’s contributions by naming him a Doctor of the Church.                                  

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