I went to mass today and this part of the Word came up. It comes up every year, and every year I have a hard time dealing with it.
Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18
God put Abraham to the test.
He called to him, "Abraham!"
"Here I am!" he replied.
Then God said:
"Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love,
and go to the land of Moriah.
There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you."
When they came to the place of which God had told him,
Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it.
Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son.
But the LORD's messenger called to him from heaven,
"Here I am!" he answered.
"Do not lay your hand on the boy," said the messenger.
"Do not do the least thing to him.
I know now how devoted you are to God,
since you did not withhold from me your own beloved son."
As Abraham looked about,
he spied a ram caught by its horns in the thicket.
So he went and took the ram
and offered it up as a holocaust in place of his son.
Again the LORD's messenger called to Abraham from heaven and said:
"I swear by myself, declares the LORD,
that because you acted as you did
in not withholding from me your beloved son,
I will bless you abundantly
and make your descendants as countless
as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore;
your descendants shall take possession
of the gates of their enemies,
and in your descendants all the nations of the earth shall find blessing--
all this because you obeyed my command."
Why does the Lord do this? I want to understand how a God who loves all could possibly ask one of his own to SACRIFICE another life, let alone one's own flesh and blood.
I love my Lord, as myself. I love others as myself, or at least I am doing my best. However, if my Lord were to ask me to sacrifice my son for Him, I would not do it. Not that He would find me worthy to even ask, but, I would be very pissed off that He would even consider asking. Why do we read this every Lenten Season? What is the point I am missing here? Please help...TheDean if you read this, know that I was praying to Mary for an answer today...she would know Abraham's pain...and I wait...am I asking too much?
It is better to be Dragon Master than Dragon Slayer. Some Dragons are meant to be mastered, others meant to be slain. Odin, Great Spirit, God, grant me the wisdom to know the difference. "May the Valar guide and bless you on your path under the sky"