Posted by: livingscripture | June 30, 2011

Thirteenth Thursday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“Do not lay your hand on the boy,” said the messenger.  “Do not do the least thing to him.”

                          Genesis 22: 12                                                                

How should we live this Word

Abraham is already advanced in age and impregnated with the surrounding culture.  He senses a Presence until now ignored.  An unknown God enters into his life and asks him to take up a journey marked by a progressive spoliation.  The undisputable greatness of this Patriarch lies in his ability to trust without pretending to be saved from the struggle with doubt and without asking for credentials.  He goes, following a word that promises him a land and numerous offspring even as he experiences infertility in his own flesh and wanders without a stable home, uprooted from his country and clan.  And the unknown God he has followed without knowing His name slowly dissipates the bright shadow surrounding Him in order to reveal Himself.

Today’s biblical passage presents the fall of the last barrier and the approaching light of a knowledge that was not hoped for or expected.  In full synchrony with the religious sentiment of the times, Abraham matures the suffered decision to immolate his own son as a sign of total submission to the divinity.  His hard but decisive climb up the mountain alongside his beloved son expresses his acknowledgement that God is God and nothing is to be denied Him.

It will be precisely his availability to this supreme spoliation that will totally reveal to him the face of God-Love as a God who asks in order to give a hundredfold of what we place in His hands.  He restores us fully to ourselves when we have the courage to give ourselves to Him in total trust and abandonment.  He is a God we cannot know until we have the courage of a ‘yes’ without reservations.                                                  

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will let this certainty take root in me, dissipating my eventual fears before the requests of a God who wants only to fill me with Himself and with His unspeakable joy.

My God, when will I finally let go the reins in order to leave You the liberty of giving Yourself to me?  Grasp me, I beg You.  Break down my resistance and shape me according to Your desire.

The voice of Edith Stein, Mystic and Martyr

The faith journey brings us much further than philosophical knowledge.  It brings us to a personal and close God, to the One who is all love and mercy, to a certainty that no natural knowledge can give.

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