Violence. Danger. Fear. Trust. Betrayal. Salvation. Ethics. They're all invoked in the story of the binding of Isaac. Here are a couple different points of entry into this difficult passage.
Season after Pentecost | 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 13; (Jeremiah 28:5-9; Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18;) Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42
In 1863 the Emancipation Proclamation marked the beginning of the end of slavery. The new air of freedom brought an unintoxicated euphoria. But a century later, freedom was redefined, this time as an absence of responsibility. The new air of license was inhaled and produced an intoxicated forgetfulness of anything that smacked of authoritarian inhibitions or paralyzing parameters.
by Bill O’BrienJune 14, 2005