The Lord of our All

Father Bob’s homily last Sunday…


2nd Sunday of Lent B

Scripture scholars tell us that Abraham’s near sacrifice of Isaac was an important moment in the history of Judaism.  It was taken for a sign that contrary to the religions that surrounded them, their God would not demand human sacrifice.  That is well and good, but we are left with the terrible details of what might be the most harrowing tale in the Hebrew Scriptures.

Abraham is told by God to kill his only son, the one whom he loves.  Isaac is the miracle child of Sara and Abraham.  They had been barren for decades but God then not only grants this birth but promises that through this child his line would last for countless generations and his descendants would be as numerous as the sands of the seashore.  Now that hope is to be extinguished. But Abraham has already cast his lot with…

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