Tobias is a type of Christ

Friends in Christ, we have been reading this week from the Book of Tobit, and Tobit has sent his son Tobias on a trip. On the trip, he is accompanied by Raphael; he doesn’t know it, but it is St. Raphael the Archangel.
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Having arrived and met their relatives, Tobias wants to marry their daughter Sarah. Her father agrees, but he warns Tobias, that 7 times, men have tried to marry his daughter, and in each case, on their wedding night, each man died. Nevertheless, Tobias has confidence in God and wants to marry her.
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As the wedding bed was prepared, Sarah was very worried, and she and her mother cried a great deal, for fear Tobias also would perish. But he says to her, ‘Let us kneel down and pray and ask the Lord to have mercy on us.’ And so they did and then went to bed for the night.
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Little did they know, that there had been a demon in that house, and it was now driven out and pursued by St. Raphael. Now during this time, Sarah’s sad father was outside digging another grave, figuring, this one too would die. In the morning, the maid is sent to see what happened. They are alive! And the house rejoices.
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A wedding feast is celebrated, which lasted twice as long as a normal wedding feast. And then the father made them heirs to all that he had.
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In understanding the meaning of this story, we should recall that Jesus was once asked by the Sadducees, about the case of a woman who had 7 husbands who had each died; they asked Our Lord, ‘Who will be her husband in heaven?’ The Sadducees clearly are thinking of the story of Tobias.
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But Jesus standing there before them is the true Bridegroom who came for his Bride, the Church. As with Tobias, Christ will be the 8th husband. The True Husband.
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Now Jesus’ name numerologically, represents the number 888. 8 is the number of the New Creation, of the resurrection. it is appropriately the number of the 8th husband, the True Spouse of the Soul. And so we see that Tobias is a symbol, a type, of the Savior to come: Jesus. Raguel is an image of God the Father, for he entrusted his daughter to Tobias and told him: ‘Bring her back safely to your father.’ He promised him his inheritance.
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Our Father in heaven rejoices in the marriage of Christ and the Church, and so he makes us heirs of his kingdom.

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