A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

Quid sum miser tunc dicturus? Quem patronum rogaturus? Cum vix iustus sit securus?
Recordare, Iesu pie, Quod sum causa tuae viae: Ne me perdas illa die...

Friday, June 05, 2009

Homecoming in Iraq

Today’s first reading (Tobit 11:5-17) tells us of a joyous homecoming in what is now present-day Iraq.

A son returns to his parents after a difficult journey.

The son brings healing for his father’s blindness.

He also brings money and a beautiful new wife.

For his mother, it was more than enough just to see him home again.

Anna ran up to her son,
threw her arms around him,
and said to him,
"Now that I have seen you again, son,
I am ready to die!"
And she sobbed aloud.

Before she knew the good things he brought, she was heartbreakingly happy just to see him again.

May God give us the grace to be welcoming and joyful at all homecomings.

May all prodigal children be given the wisdom and courage to return.

May all our homecomings be moments of true healing.