The Beloved Son

02-28-2021© J. S. Paluch Company

Today’s first reading, known as “the binding of Isaac“ refers to the way Isaac is bound and laid upon the word of the altar of sacrifice. God directs Abraham to offer his son in sacrifice, killing the beloved son that had been a special gift to him and Sarah in their old age. How could God ask Abraham to do such a thing? Abraham offers no resistance, but in preparing for the sacrifice, Abraham may have agreed with the Psalmist that he was “greatly afflicted.“ Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans refers to Jesus as God’s beloved son, which is also how God identifies Jesus to Peter, James, and John at the transfiguration. Afterward, Jesus tells those disciples not to mention the event to anyone until his resurrection from the dead. The event, together with Jesus' comments, leaves the disciples thoroughly confused.

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