The first Reading at Mass yesterday came from the Book of Genesis.
It was part of the narrative about Abraham and Sarah, and the birth of Isaac, their son, God’s promise.
The story is about God’s graciousness to his people, but interestingly this present intervention of God is expressed through Abraham and Sarah’s graciousness to the Lord.
The Lord appeared to Abraham at the Oak of Mamre while he was sitting by the entrance of the tent during the hottest part of the day. He looked up, and there he saw three men standing near him. As soon as he saw them he ran from the entrance of the tent to meet them, and bowed to the ground. ‘My lord,’ he said ‘I beg you, if I find favour with you, kindly do not pass your servant by. A little water shall be brought; you shall wash your feet and…
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