In today’s Gospel reading (Mark 10:32-45) we hear Jesus tell his disciples the third and final prediction of his passion - and the most detailed. But notice what Mark wrote immediately before the start of our reading today: “And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; and …
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I’m taking a break from my daily Lenten reflections. Today’s reading of Genesis 22:1-18 is the story of Abraham’s “sacrifice” of his son, Isaac. Instead of my own thoughts, I’m re-posting the blog that my friend Mike Mair posted on this passage a month ago. He uses a different translation of the Bible than what I use, but he has some excellent thoughts on this crucial story from Genesis.
This blog has been following the book of Genesis and the Gospel of Mark since the new year. Previous posts can be found in my archives.
GENESIS 22 (from the Schocken Bible)
Now after these events it was
that God tested Avraham
and said to him:
Here I am.
Pray take your son,
your only one,
whom you love,
and go-you-forth to the land of Morriya / Seeing
and offer him up there as an offering-up
upon one of the mountains
that I will tell you of.
Avraham started early in the morning,
he saddled his donkey
and took his two serving lads with him and Yitzhak his son
he split wood for the offering-up
and arose and went to the place that God has told him of.
On the third day Avraham lifted his eyes
and saw the place from afar.
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Theology of the Cross, Part 1
The third in a short series of Bible Study classes exploring the themes of the Sundays of Lent focused on the Cross of Jesus Christ, which is venerated on the Third Sunday of Lent in the Orthodox Church (last Sunday, March 15th). An audio file of the class is attached, together with the PowerPoint presentation and a PDF version of the …