July 4, Thursday Weekday
I will walk in the presence of the Lord, in the land of the living. — Psalm 115:9
Mass Readings:Genesis 22:1b-19/Matthew 9:1-8
We usually think of Abraham’s test in the first reading from Abraham’s viewpoint; how hard it is for a father to offer up his son. But what about Isaac? We read that Abraham tied him and laid him on the wood. Abraham was old and Isaac a hardy youth. It would have been easy for Isaac to overpower his father and escape, so did he just meekly go along? Did he ask any questions as his father bound him? Then there’s Sarah. Imagine what she must have said when they told her what nearly happened!
When I think of the different viewpoints in this story, it reminds me that everything I do — for good or for bad — affects others. May I never get so wrapped up in my own story that I forget that fact.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help our country cherish and protect all who are vulnerable, especially the sick, elderly disabled, frail, and unborn.
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