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Today’s Readings – Saturday of Week 9 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Tobit 12:1, 5-15, 20

We finish today our readings from the book of Tobit. A central character has been the shadowy figure of Raphael who was in the background of much that has been happening. The characters in the story had no idea that Raphael was an angel. They saw in him a helpful guiding companion for Tobiah on his journey to Media. At the end, it is normal in such epiphanies for the divine being to reveal its identity and then suddenly disappear.

The reading begins with “When the wedding feast was over". There had already been a wedding feast in the bride’s home but now Tobiah’s family also had to have a celebration. At the end of the meal Tobit suggests to his son, who has returned home laden with gifts, that it is time to show h … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Saint Colm Cille (Columba), Abbot

St Colm Cille (Columba), Abbot and Missionary, Secondary Patron of Ireland (feast)

Colm (Colum) Cille was born on 7 December, 521, near Lough Gartan in Co. Donegal, in the north-west of Ireland. On his father’s side he was a great-great-grandson of Niall of the Nine Hostages, a high k … Continue

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