Posted by: livingscripture | June 27, 2011

Thirteenth Monday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?

                 Genesis 18: 17                                                                  

How should we live this Word 

Beautiful this tidbit found in the dialogue between God andAbraham!  The context itself, already so new for the religious mentality of the times and forAbraham as well, removed relationship with the divinity from that aura of magnificence and greatness that brought terror.  The Totally-Other deigned to leave His inaccessible transcendence to come close to human beings, considering them friends with whom to visit and dialogue. 

With a highly anthropomorphic language, Genesis presents the relationship between God and Abraham, the polytheist who would never have imagined the oneness of God and much less His closeness.  Now he discovers with awe a God who is very close, a God who is infinitely lovable.  To follow His voice, though still wrapped by the mist of an incipient and limited knowledge, becomes an irresistible need for him.  How can we resist a God who enchants and conquers us while showing us undreamed of goals in which a person can fully expand and find true fulfillment?

Abraham is the great Patriarch whom Jews, Christians, and Moslems recognize as their common father.  As for every great personage of the past, we tend to relegate him to the superhuman.  We admire them but without being stimulated to leave the chicken coop, content to scratch there, instead of embracing our vocation to be eagles.                                                   

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect that the Abraham whom God places beside Him as friend and confidant is me today, and every person who is ready to receive Him.  I need only open wide the door of my heart, listen to Him, and praise Him in ardent prayer.  

Lord, thank You for making me Your friend.  Help me to seek Your Face continually as I courageously live the lights and shadows of my faith life.

The voice of Maurice Zundel, Theologian

Books, documents, reasoning will never be able to convince and convert.  What is needed is the light of a life, the radiance of a face, the beating of a heart.  It is the gift of a whole life.

 


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