Brothers and sisters,
The call of Abraham to sacrifice his son is a tough one for us, understandably! We are wise always to meditate on Scripture in the light of the whole faith so as not to take it out of context.
Abraham, our father in faith, longed for one thing from God in this world – a promised descendant. Wouldn’t we be doing well in our Lenten journey if we only had one desire in this world! Beyond human hope and beyond human years, Abraham and Sarah have their beloved Isaac, the promise of their legacy in the world. Now God will send a message through Abraham, to his ageless honor, to all of us about what it means to put God first. So great was Abraham’s trust in the goodness and fidelity of God, that he trusted God even with this request.
We do not know what was in Abraham’s mind or the struggle he may have had, perhaps similar to Joseph’s struggle with Mary’s pregnancy. How could Abraham or Joseph possibly understand what God’s mysterious plan was here? But each trusted, to their enduring honor and our edification. We, too, are called to put God first, not second.
If we did not realize it before Lent, we do now! We are attached to many things. Our very recognition is an opportunity for growth. God even found a way for the great Abraham and Joseph to grow in faith. God will also provide the Lamb, the sacrifice, the strength we need to conquer our doubt and trust in His Goodness.
In Christ, son of Mary,