The book of Tobit has a lot of ordinary events. There is fighting between husband and wife. There is the encounter with God. There is marriage. There is a profound recognition of helping the poor. There are wonderful moments and extraordinary encounters with God. All this week, the story of Tobit will guide us in the ongoing relationship we have with others. How do we seek to find God? Do we see marriage as a noble vocation? Are we able to admit that God may come to us even in ways we might at first not recognize?
The book of Tobit is also a book where people can both acknowledge the blessings from God, and at the same time recognize suffering. Tobit loses sight. The woman who will become his daughter-in-law has had tremendous misfortune as 7 of her husbands have died. Through it all, the presence of God is clear and active.