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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 28, 2020

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SUNDAY, June 28                           4 Pentecost

Genesis 22:2 [God] said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.”

The story of the sacrifice of Isaac is one of the hardest in the Bible for me to read, especially now that I have a son of my own. The thought that God would ask Abraham to murder his son as a test is horrific. How spiritually and psychologically scarred would Abraham have been by this—or Isaac?

When we read the New Testament, we find another story of a son being sacrificed, Jesus. And his Father is so distraught that darkness covers the land and the earth quakes; the curtain of the temple is torn in two.

God has first given everything for us. God asks for no more than God has already offered.

MOVING FORWARD: God doesn’t ask you for a burnt offering but a living sacrifice. What can you give to God that you have been holding back?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Maine and Texas

Ps 13 or 89:1-4,15-18 | Genesis 22:1-14 or Jeremiah 28:5-9 | Romans 6:12-23 | Matthew 10:40-42

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