2nd Sunday of Lent B21
Road trip! Whenever I hear those two words, excitement and anticipation build within me.
Isaac must have felt the same way. He’s going on a three day road trip with his dad, just the two of them, to offer a sacrifice to the Lord. What could possibly go wrong? We don’t know how old Isaac was at that time but I imagine him to be about 7 or 8 with all the youthful exuberance of that age. As they got closer to the place of sacrifice, it finally dawned on Isaac that they had the wood and the fire but no sheep for the holocaust. And so, he asked his father. Abraham must have struggled with his emotions as he struggled to come up with an answer. The best he could do was saying that God would provide. Abraham is being put to the test. And that is the focal point of the story, not the presumptive of the sacrifice of Isaac. Abraham passed the test, showing he was obedient to God and trusting that God would in some way be true to God’s promise that his own offspring shall be his heir and that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky.