Today mass reading came from the book of Tobit. If you haven’t read it, it’s a very short book in the Old Testament that is more like a mini novel and is about the story of Tobit and his son Tobias. Tobias goes on a journey to find medicine to cure his father’s new blindness. He encounters the angel, Raphael, along the way and finds a wife who has had troubles of her own.
What struck me when I heard the story today was Sarah. She had been married 7 times (to brothers of the same family) and each time the groom died on the wedding night.
You don’t get much of her perspective in the reading, but it’s worth pondering.
Do you think she was full of hope trusting that this time all would be well? I wonder.
You know how it is when you are waiting for something and something always gets in the way to ruin it? It is easy to become cynical.
But the final husband would be Tobias. A loyal son who went on a journey to obtain a cure for his father’s blindness. A man who suggested they pray on their wedding night.
What did Sarah think of that? How does this impact us?
Being negative isn’t going to help. Shouldn’t we try to expect the best whether it’s the first or seventh time?
Perhaps God was saving Sarah from something bad (with the other husbands) and saving her for the wonderful Tobias.