Fr. Bob’s Corner
This weekend’s readings are humbling. God asks Abraham to sacrifice the very best of himself - his beloved son Isaac. Abraham doesn’t question God or argue with Him or say “Heck no!” to God. Abraham has a beautiful, singular heart that is directed towards God. He goes and is about to sacrifice Isaac, when God stops him. God does not let him, ultimately, sacrifice his beloved son.
Sacrifices in the Old Testament were done in reparation for sins. You would offer these very valuable animals to show God that you truly understood that everything you have comes from Him. It was within these sacrifices that people would be humbled and rely on God more.
What is so humbling about the readings this weekend is that while God does not permit Abraham to sacrifice his
beloved son Isaac, God Himself does not hesitate to sacrifice the very best of Himself in order to atone for the sins of the whole world. In the letter of Saint Paul to the Romans:
‘If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son
but handed him over for us all,
how will he not also give us everything else along with him.’
He teaches us tremendous love and humility through this sacrifice. He offers the very best of Himself KNOWING that we rarely offer the best of ourselves to Him. How merciful and loving is our God. The Passion of our Lord is the school in which we learn of this love and humility. Let us continue to study and pray at the foot of the cross this Lent and learn to receive the grace to give the very best of ourselves more and more.
May the Lord give you His peace,