July 5, 2017
(St. Anthony Zaccaria, Priest)
God said to Abraham: “Do not be distressed about the boy (Ishmael) or about your slave woman (Hagar). Heed the demands of Sarah, no matter what she is asking of you; for it is through Isaac that descendants shall bear your name. As for the son of the slave woman, I will make a great nation of him also, since he too is your offspring.” Gn_21:5,8-20a
The birth of conflict between the descendants of Abraham began at the birth of those very descendants. The offspring of the slave woman came about because of a lack of faith on the part of Sarah, that she would have the children that God promised, even at an old age. But after the birth of Ishmael, Sarah bore jealousy in her heart and Hagar, pride! From a faith-filled friendship between the women came heated mistrust. And thus the children were separated, not only in motherhood, but in blessing as well. Isaac became the patriarch of the Israelites, the Jews, and Ishmael the patriarch of the Arabs, the Islamists. And the conflict continues even today. And yet, God loves all! In the end, it’s not about hatred and killing, beloved. It’s about Love! And wherever there is not love, there is not God either!
Jesus said, we are to love EVEN our enemies. Even IF they don’t believe as we do!
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