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The Book of Tobit, chapter 13…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on October 20, 2009

I’m re-publishing this text with some additional notes.  Perhaps it’s because of the anti-life measures that are currently up for vote in our Congress?  Perhaps it’s because we have such a great need for defending the Family as it is the source of life (children, our future) for our country and for society as a whole?  Whatever the reason, I think we need to pay attention to what is being said in the following passages and ask ourselves: Do we really understand what we’ve put ourselves into?

Originally Published on June 8, 2009:

Recently we have read from the book of Tobit during daily Mass; hearing about Tobit’s life in exile, the bad fortune concerning his eyes and a certain flock of birds, about his good wishes for his son’s life, about the decision in heaven concerning Tobit’s son (Tobias) and that good fortune and finally about the healing of Tobit by Raphael, the mighty Archangel and guardian of Tobias. The one thing we do not hear is the prayer of rejoicing that Tobit writes after he is healed from his affliction of cataracts.

I was lead to read it, as I sat before My Blessed Lord in the Eucharist, and as soon as I began other scripture passages and writings began attaching themselves to what I read, making the reading more than just a song of praise, but one of a great reminder of the – power and majesty – mercy and grace – that exists within God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  I hope that which I have found will also bring forth from your hearts a healthy does of one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: Fear (awe, wonder, majesty) of the Lord.

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Then Tobit wrote a prayer of rejoicing, and said:

“Blessed is God who lives for ever, and blessed is His kingdom. 2 For He afflicts, and He shows mercy;…

5 Remember then from what you have fallen, repent and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. ~Revelation 2:5

…He leads down to Hades, and brings up again, and there is no one who can escape His hand. 3 Acknowledge Him before the nations, O sons of Israel; for He has scattered us among them. 4 Make His greatness known there, and exalt Him in the presence of all the living; because He is our Lord and God, He is our Father for ever.

14 But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice immorality…Repent then. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth . ~Rev 2:14-16

5 He will afflict us for our iniquities; and again He will show mercy, and will gather us from all the nations among whom you have been scattered.

And all the churches shall know that I am He who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you as your works deserve. ~Rev 2:23

6 If you turn to Him with all your heart and with all your soul (cf.Mt 22:37-38), to do what is true before Him, then He will turn to you and will not hide His face from you. But see what He will do with you;…

10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.~Rev 2:10

…give thanks to Him with your full voice. Praise the Lord of righteousness, and exalt the King of the ages. I give Him thanks in the land of my captivity, and I show His power and majesty to a nation of sinners. Turn back, you sinners, and do right before Him; who knows if He will accept you and have mercy on you?

Souls that make and appeal to My Mercy delight Me.  To such souls I grant even more graces that they ask. I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion,… before I come as a Just Judge, I first open wide the door of My Mercy.  He who refuses to pass through the door of My Mercy must pass through the door of My Justice.” ~Diary of St. Faustina,§1146.

7 I exalt my God; my soul exalts the King of heaven, and will rejoice in His majesty. 8 Let all men speak, and give Him thanks in Jerusalem.

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior…” ~Lk 1:46-47 NAB

9 O Jerusalem, the holy city, He will afflict you for the deeds of your sons, but again He will show mercy to the sons of the righteous.

“I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut; I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept My word and have not denied My name…” ~Rev 3:8

10 Give thanks worthily to the Lord, and praise the King of the ages, that His tent may be raised for you again with joy. May He cheer those within you who are captives, and love those within you who are distressed, to all generations for ever.

68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people,… 70 as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old, 71 that we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us; 72 to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember His holy covenant,…” ~Lk 1:68, 70-72

11 Many nations will come from afar to the name of the Lord God, bearing gifts in their hands, gifts for the King of heaven.

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, 2″Where is He who has been born king of the Jews?” … and he sent them to Bethlehem, … they saw the Child with Mary,His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. ~Mt 2:2a,8a,11b

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First Published on June 8, 2009

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Book of Tobit… Part II

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on October 17, 2009

To Continue and Conclude…

Generations of generations will give You joyful praise. 12 Cursed are all who hate You; blessed for ever will be all who love You. 13 Rejoice and be glad for the sons of the righteous; for they will be gathered together, and will praise the Lord of the righteous.

By its light shall the nations walk; and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory into it… 26 they shall bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. ~Rev 21: 24, 26

14 How blessed are those who love You! They will rejoice in Your peace. Blessed are those who grieved over all Your afflictions; for they will rejoice for You upon seeing all Your glory, …

But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother… When Jesus saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing near, He said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” ~Jn 19:25b, 26

19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of His covenant was seen within His temple; and there were flashes of lightning, voices, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail. A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. 2 She was with child… ~Rev 11:19; 12:1-2a NAB

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw Him they worshiped him; 18 Jesus said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” ~Mt 28:16-17, 18, 19-20

9 And when He had said this, as they were looking on, He was lifted up, and a cloud took Him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as He went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven.” ~Acts 1:9-11

…and they will be made glad for ever. 15 Let my soul praise God the great King. 16 For Jerusalem will be built with sapphires and emeralds, her walls with precious stones, and her towers and battlements with pure gold. 17 The streets of Jerusalem will be paved with beryl and ruby and stones of Ophir;…

2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; … 10 And in the Spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. … ~Rev 21:2, 10-11

18 The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, clear as glass. 19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every jewel; the first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, transparent as glass. ~Rev 21: 18-21

18 all her lanes will cry ‘Hallelujah!’ and will give praise, saying, ‘Blessed is God, who has exalted you for ever.’”

For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed… ~Luke 1:48b

Then God’s temple in Heaven was opened, and the ark of His covenant was seen within… a woman, clothed with the sun, with the moon at her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. ~Rev 11:19; 21:1

The Woman (Church and Blessed Mother) will, with her Son, redeem mankind, they will redeem God’s Children.

14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

26 When Jesus saw His mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. ~Jn 19: 26-27

Have you rejoiced lately in your God and all that He has done for you?

More importantly, are you LIVING the will of God in your daily life?

First Published on June 10, 2009

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