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Sunday, February 28, 2021
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
After receiving the Sacrament of Matrimony, a young couple begins to experience the joy of arranging their life as a couple, rather than as two individuals sharing the same space. Setting up a new home, perhaps the purchase of a new dwelling, working out employment schedules and transportation etc.
When the couple experiences the birth of their first child all that changes as the focus of their attention turns to their dependent. Couples will often be called upon to forego other events that were part of their life in order to properly take care of their child. Couples learn to “sacrifice.” But, these sacrifices are often not burdensome for they are made possible by the love the couple has for their child and for each other.
Lent is a time of sacrifice. In this Sunday’s first biblical lesson Abraham is called upon to give back his miracle child Isaac to God as a sacrifice. His love and devotion to God is being tested. He and his wife Sarah prayed for this child for years and in their old age God graced them with their first born. Abraham, who is often called our “father in faith,” obeyed God much like he did when God requested that he pick up his belongings, herds, tents and dwelling and move to a land that God would indicate. Not speaking a word to anyone, Abraham obeyed God. In the longer version of the story of Genesis 22, Isaac, who is going up the mountain with his father asks: “Father here are the fire and the wood, but where is the sheep for the burnt offering? My son, Abraham answered, God will provide the sheep for the burnt offering. Then the two walked on together.” (Genesis 22:7-8). We know that before any harm can come to his son an angel stays Abraham’s hand. It is at this moment that Abrahams statement to his son is fulfilled as he spies a ram stuck by its horns in a bush. Indeed, God provided the sacrifice. Our father Abraham passed the test.
Abraham acts as God Himself would act. God who willed to become one with His creation, whose Word took flesh of the Virgin Mary and became one with us in all things, but sin. In the Gospel story of the transfiguration, Jesus gives Peter, James and John an insider’s view of heavenly glory. Through their testimony, we can better understand the sacrifice the Word of God made by taking flesh. Through the selfless act of submission to his arrest and death, Jesus teaches us about living the ultimate sacrifice: giving up one’s life for one’s friends.
This time of retreat we call Lent, helps focus our attention to what sacrifices we too are called to make. What additional sacrifices will we make out of love for the Lord and His Church? How will we be proactive in our living the Gospel of Jesus? How will we “repent,” turn ourselves around, and entertain a new way of living our lives? Lenten Blessings……