Posted by: livingscripture | October 17, 2015

28th Saturday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Abraham believed, hoping against all hope, that he would become the father of many nations, according to what was said.”     

(Romans 4: 18)

How should we live this WordAbraham 1

 Authentic faith is the great challenge of life.  Paul calls Abraham ‘our father in the faith’, because he literally played out his life on faith.  God invites him to leave his land, abandoning everything: his people, his possessions, and his customs.  He promises him a magnificent land and a son.  He promises this, but Abraham knows that Sara cannot have children.  God’s promise is repeated, even if the story of Abraham is woven with varied and very intricate situations, in encounters with adverse peoples and difficult events.  Finally, the son arrives.  Every hope is concentrated on this heir of a mysterious plan, in this first born of a people that will be “as numerous as the stars in heaven and like the grains of sand in the sea”.  God promised it!  And yet, a day comes in which there arrives like a lightning bolt, God’s invitation to offer his only son in sacrifice, the son of the promise!

It is here that the deep faith of Abraham shines forth.  He believed ‘the One who gives life to the dead and calls into existence things that are not’.  It is precisely here that Abraham ‘believed, hoping against all hope’, and saw the accomplishment by God of all that was humanly impossible.

Human existence takes a quality leap when faith is truly binding the human will, so limited and often impotent, to the omnipotent will of God.  There are truly things impossible to us but not to God.  The Bible tells us that ‘nothing is impossible for God’.  We need to dare to have faith, to open our hearts fully to faith.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will renew my faith and trust in God for everything.

Lord, let my prayer be that Your will be done in everyone and in everything; that Your Kingdom may come!

 The Voice of Benedict XVI

 Without truth, charity slides into sentimentality.  Love becomes an empty skin to be filled arbitrarily.  This is the fatal risk of a culture without the truth.


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