Tobit 4-6; 1 Corinthians 1

Tobit 4:3-4 So he called his son Tobiah; and when he came, he said to him: “Son, when I die, give me a decent burial. Honor your mother, and do not abandon her as long as she lives. Do whatever pleases her, and do not grieve her spirit in any way. Remember, son, how she went through many dangers for you while you were in her womb. When she dies, bury her in the same grave with me.

The Book of Tobit is omitted from Protestant Bibles, and that is a shame, because it is a great story of marriage and family, of how the love of God enkindles the love of husband and wife, the love of parents for children, and vice versa.  Here is a taste of Tobit’s instructions to his son Tobiah, which go on through verse 21.  Very reminiscent of “Hamlet”, and the admonition “Neither a borrower nor a lender be”.  A worthy read for every father.  It’s passages like these that make me realize human nature has not changed in 3,000 years, that what gave parents anxiety then still does today.

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