Friday, June 7, 2013

“I am Raphael, one of the seven angels who enter and serve before the Glory of the Lord.” (Tobit 12:15)

We are at the conclusion of this episode of a didactic character. Tobiah is happily married to Sarah and returns quickly to his father. Following the advice of his companion, he restores his father’s sight. Now it is time to pay his companion who led his journey to a successful conclusion and to whom he feels it only right to give more than was agreed upon.

At this point there is the surprising revelation of the identity of his companion. He is Raphael, an angel sent by God to watch over them. This is truly an incentive to delve into our daily life, even where we may find the harsh experiences of solitude, of God’s apparent abandonment. Jesus Himself experienced the abyss of bitterness as He cried out, “My God, my God, why have You abandoned Me”?

In Raphael’s revelation of his identity, we have the consoling response and also the reason to not stop at the surface of what we live, but to read beyond it, discovering the imprint of a God who never abandons us. He is like the sun that sometimes disappears behind the clouds or in the night, yet is always there to appear again in all its luminous presence.

- Living Scriture