2nd Sunday of Lent – The Binding of Isaac
Traditionally referred to as the binding of Isaac, the first reading from the book of Genesis this weekend is one of the more puzzling and even disturbing passages in sacred scripture. In this passage, God tests Abraham by requiring him to sacrifice his only son Isaac whom he loves. Such a test seems to put God at odds with Himself since God is pure love, since God only wills the good of human beings and since God had earlier promised Abraham that through his son Isaac that he would be father of many peoples. I think this passage is inviting us to reflect on at least two realities: that we cannot always fully grasp the plan of God and that we are called to trust even when we cannot fully understand. This call to trust is echoed in today’s gospel wherein Peter, James and John come back down the mountain and are invited to walk the way of Jesus that will take them to Jerusalem and His death on the cross.
Please remember that you are warmly invited and encouraged to gather for the 2nd part of my 3 part Lenten Scripture Series that continues this week on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. and Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. This week we will be reflecting on the Gospel of John chapter 9 and the story of the man born blind.
With my love and prayers,
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