Second Sunday of Lent Reflection
God instructs Abraham to sacrifice His only son. Why? This was not just a situation to test Abraham’s faith. This event was a signpost pointing to the most important event in history when another Father would offer His only Son upon the same mountain. The offering of Isaac was the precursor of another offering – that of Jesus Christ by His Loving Father.
St. Paul reinforces this message of Abraham’s unselfish offering of his son. He talks about Abraham as the Father of us all. Abraham’s faith was strong and unwavering, an example for all generations to follow.
During the Transfiguration God the Father calls His Son, whom he will also offer upon a mountain, his beloved. At his Son’s baptism in the Jordan He had affirmed him, “This is my beloved Son on whom my favour rests.” Now He says, “This is my beloved son, listen to him.”
We, too, are beloved sons and daughters of God. Being the beloved means recognizing God’s gift of love to us. Today our loving Father invites us to listen to His beloved Son. How might this shape our daily ins and outs during these Lenten days?
Marion Bourque, Associate of the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood