Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary

“The Book of Tobit in the Old Testament tells the story of a just man who lived some seven or eight centuries before the birth of Christ. He was a member of one of the Northern tribes of Israel that were deported to Assyria. Tobit made his home as an exile in Nineveh, a city made famous by the preaching of Jonah. Among his fellow exiles, he stood out as a model of fidelity.

“Although Tobit apparently prospered in his exile, he also endured a lot. When, in his charity, he buried a man who had murdered, he was ridiculed. “Importuned” by birds perched on the garden wall, Tobit experienced blindness and was subsequently chided by his wife for his lack of charity. Tobit also had a son named Tobias who decided to marry a woman married seven times previously; all seven of her previous husbands died on their wedding night… nothing to worry about there! Thankfully, though, Tobias lived for another day.”

Read the complete homily HERE.


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