February 25, 2018 Sunday (Week II of Lent)
Genesis 22:1–18; Psalm 116; Romans 8:31–34; Mark 9:2-10
He who did not spare his own Son… how will he not also give us everything else along with him? Romans 8:32
We all sympathize with Abraham, commanded to sacrifice his only son. We are glad he didn’t have to. But God the Father did not spare himself; he actually did sacrifice his only Son.
He did it for us. How much love does that show? The Father outloves us—by a score of infinite to one!
Paul asks, “If God handed over his own Son for us, how will he not also give us everything else along with him?”
We might answer, “He already has.”
We can begin to count our blessings, but we will never finish. How many different kinds of flowers and foods, birds and animals, mountains and valleys, planets and stars? How much to explore in the past, present, and future? In people and their products? Art and science, civilizations and cultures? Technology?
That’s only the created world. Add the mystery of grace: divine Life, Truth, and Goodness. The Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit. Knowing the Father, Son, and Spirit. “Being Christ.” Our baptismal anointing as prophets, priests and stewards of Christ’s kingship. Eternal life. Mary. The Scriptures. The Saints. The sacraments.
All because, for us, the Father “did not spare his own Son”
Our Father loves us beyond “all we can ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20).
ACTION: Keep score for one day: what you do for God and God for you.
PRAYER: “Father, thank you.”