Sunday 28 February 2021

About Today Readings

Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18. I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living – Psalm 115(116):10, 15-19. Romans 8:31-34. Mark 9:2-10.

The sacrifice of Abraham, our father in faith

The story of Abraham preparing to sacrifice Isaac is a disturbing one. What kind of god would demand such a sacrifice?

In the ancient Near East, human sacrifice was a common ritual act among some religious cults. The emergence of Jewish monotheism challenged many of these cults. It is possible that today’s first reading represents this theological movement.

In staying the hand of Abraham, God is revealing a way of relating to the divine that does not require blind obedience and human sacrifice. The God of Abraham is different to the gods that have gone before. The God of Abraham bestows on us the freedom to choose the course of our actions based on moral and ethical judgments.

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