Thursday, July 05, 2007
Today's first reading is that dramatic story often referred to as "the sacrifice of Abraham." It has attracted scores of learned commentaries along the centuries, as you might expect for a narrative like that. Recent scholarship has pointed out that the word "seeing" is very important in the account: Abraham "sees" from afar the mountain that God was telling him about (it could mean that Abraham "recognizes" the mountain spot); God will "see" to the lamb for the sacrifice; Abraham "sees" the ram caught in the brambles, and at the end, a proverb is coined, "On the mountain, God will see" (or on the mountain, you will see God). With all those references to "seeing," it is almost surprising that Abraham is called our father in "faith" (especially after Tuesday's Gospel for the feast of St. Thomas: "Blessed are those who have not seen but still believe").
Posted by Sr Anne Flanagan at 11:37 AM