July 5, 2019
(St. Anthony Zaccaria, Priest)
One day toward evening Isaac went out in the field, and as he looked around, he noticed that camels were approaching. Rebekah, too, was looking about, and when she saw him, she alighted from her camel and asked the servant, “Who is the man out there, walking through the fields toward us?” “That is my master,” replied the servant. Then she covered herself with her veil. The servant recounted to Isaac all the things he had done. Then Isaac took Rebekah into his tent; he married her, and thus she became his wife. Gn_23:1-4,19;24:1-8,62-67
Our God is a God of relationships, and we are a people – lost in trying to figure them out. And when we can’t figure them out, we, more often than not, seem to take the easy route – of breaking them apart, instead of rebuilding them. And so, we have our thousands of Christian denominations, our repulsive political parties, our ghettoes, our walls, our divorces, our murders and our wars; all because we just can’t seem to get along with one another.
And yet, give us a world tragedy, and our truly divine humanity shows itself as international, interreligious, and non-partisan compassion and aid. You see, there truly is Hope for mankind, contrary to what the media would like us to believe. And that Hope resides within the very DNA, that God has created in us.
It resides in our relationships, which first and foremost, begin with God and then extend out, with God, to every other living creature on the planet.
Abraham was the perfect example of that kind of loving and obedient relationship with God, and with every other person he encountered, as he followed God into the wilderness. And even in the face of heat, and hunger, and wild beasts, and unfriendly inhabitants, because of that tight relationship with God, Abraham gained life-long friendships, wealth and respect – in a land that would eventually – all belong to his own family.
Now, we remember, that God had made a Covenant promise with Abraham, that would make him the Father of a great nation, that would provide him with a Land he could call his own, and that would make Abraham and his offspring a Blessing to the world.
He had the Land part started, through his skillful negotiation for a plot that would be used for his beloved wife, Sarah’s, grave.
The Blessings were obvious in his own life, and in the lives of everyone he interacted with.
But the Progeny part, all depended on Isaac, that almost sacrificed kid, who now at 37-years old was still unmarried.
And thus, we have the story of Abraham and God’s, FIX today. And this is the part I always love, because its symbolism is so rich. So listen closely to see if you can catch it in this summary.
“So Abraham sent his Servant, back to his Hometown, to find a Bride, for his Son.”
Did you see it? Ok, now let’s listen a little differently:
So God sent His Servant (named John) back to His Hometown (called earth) to find a Bride (all of us) for His Son (named Jesus)!
And equally beautiful, the name of Isaac’s bride was Rebekah, which from the Hebrew, means captivating. How captivating are we, beloved, in the eyes of God, to be chosen as the Bride of His most beloved Son, Jesus! How blessed, how wealthy, how eternally loved!
This Jesus, our beloved, has come to heal the lost. And, the end of the story is that WE are called to do likewise!
Or maybe, it’s just the Beginning!
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