S02 E11 Money, Money, Money!!! (Tobit Ch.9)


In Ch.9 of this episode, we shall see that Tobiah’s “faith” in Raphael has deepened into “trust.” We also get to unpack some of the richness in signs & symbols in the Book of Tobit: 1) What does the marriage of Tobiah & Sarah symbolize? 2) What does the money in Ch.9 symbolize? 3) What is the significance of the seal on the moneybags in verse 5 of Tb 9?

The Bible I am reading from is the New American Bible or the NAB online version taken from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops or the USCCB website: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/tobit/9. For the Book of Tobit, I also refer to the online version of the Douay-Rheims Bible – which is a translation from the Latin Vulgate, whereas the NAB is translated from the Septuagint or the Greek version.

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Show Notes

Reflection Questions

  1. As Christians, what does the marriage with your spouse symbolize?

  2. What does the money in Tb Ch.9 symbolise?

  3. What does the money loaned to Gabael symbolise?

  4. Whats does the money returned to Tobit symbolise?

  5. What is a seal used for? Why were the "moneybags" sealed?

  6. In Scripture, what does a seal signify?

  7. What is the seal in Jesus' new and lasting covenant?

  8. Can you discern the promptings from your Gurdian Angel and the Holy Spirit?

References made in this episode

Bible Verses ( in the order of citation)

  1. Mk 12:30; Mt 22:37

  2. Mt 22:39; Mk 12:31

  3. Rom 8:31-39

  4. Rom 5:5

  5. Is 29:13

  6. Hos 6:6; Is 1:11-31; 1 Sam 15:22-23

  7. Tb 4:21; 6:18; 9:5;

  8. DRB: Tb 6:17; 8:4-5

  9. 1 Tim. 5:6

  10. Eph 5:23

  11. Gen 17:9-10; 17:12

  12. Ex 11-13; Ez 9; Rev 6-7

  13. Eph 1:13-14; 4:30; 2 Cor 1:22

  14. Eph 1:13; 1:17; 4:3; 6:17-18

Catechism of the Catholic Church

  1. #115; 117

  2. #1272; 1274

Other Resource/Adaptation Links

  1. Augustine of Hippo, Sermon 226.6 On Tobit

  2. Bede, Allegorica interpretatio in Tobiam PL 91.926C

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