Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent

February 28, 2021
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18
Psalm 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19
Romans 8:31b-34
Mark 9:2-10

“Abraham, Abraham … take your son Isaac, whom you love … go to the land of Moriah and on a height that I will show you, you shall offer him up as a sacrifice … you shall slaughter him.”  What kind of God would make such a demand?  How could God want such a thing?  Isn’t God wise and loving, not whimsical, vengeful and blood-thirsty?  This misses the point that Abraham was ready to kill his son because he lived in a culture of death in which life was cheap and children were expendable. The request is made by God not to torment the innocent but to put an end to all human sacrifice and replace the culture of death with the new life of grace by sacrificing His own Son, Jesus.

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