Reflection for the Second Sunday of Lent… February 25, 2018 by Juanita Harding, Notre Dame Associate
A reading from the book of Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18
Today’s reading is a lesson of unconditional love, dedication, and willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice.
God is putting Abraham to the ultimate test. He calls to Abraham, and Abraham answers, “Here I am”. Then God said, “Take your son Isaac, your only son, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust”.
Abraham did as God asked. He built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son. The Lord sent a messenger who told Abraham not to harm the boy, and that he now knew how devoted he was to God. Abraham loved God so much he was willing to sacrifice his only son.
God did sacrifice His only Son for us! He was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for us because He loves us unconditionally! Do we love God as Abraham did? Do we answer, “Here I am”, when He calls to us?
This Lent, let us make a conscious effort to truly listen for the voice of God. What is He asking of us?