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How could God ask Abraham to kill his only son?

Friday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time

Deacon Robert Banet

How could a loving God do that!

Do what, Charlie?

How could He ask a loving father to kill his only son?

Ah, you must mean Abraham and his beloved son Isaac.

Right. It just doesn’t  make sense.

You’re right. It doesn’t make sense in a human way of thinking, but in God’s way, it does.

What do you mean?

To save us from Hell, God offered His only beloved Son to death on Calvary.

I don’t see what you’re getting at.

God told Abraham to sacrifice his son to foreshadow to us the great sacrifice He was going to make at Calvary. But you notice that God stopped Abraham.

Yes, I remember He grabbed Abraham’s arm.

Right. The sacrifice was interrupted. Interrupted but not abolished.

Oh, I see. The sacrifice was completed when GOD allowed the soldiers to kill His Son.

Yes. Father God used Father Abraham to reveal to us how great a gift to us was to send His only Son to take on human nature to die for us.

Ah, so Abraham’s sacrifice on Mount Horeb  was completed on Mount Calvary.

And that death is made present to us in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Awesome! Glory to God!

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