This Sunday our focus is on Abraham and the Covenant of Faith.
We use the term faith in many ways. Sometimes we use the term to
point to a particular religion. “I am a member of the Catholic
faith. The people across the street are members of the Lutheran
faith. Those down the block are members of the Methodist faith.”
Sometimes we use the term to refer to the sum teaching of the
Church. For example, “Our faith teaches us that we have a
responsibility to reach out to the poor.” Sometimes we use the
term to explain a certain belief, such as “I cannot understand
the Trinity, but I believe in it because it is an article of our
faith.” Very often, we use the term faith to refer to our trust
in another, “I have faith that my wife will pick me up at the
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PA. We are a Roman Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Harrisburg.
We were founded in 1960.
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Very Rev. Edward J.
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SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
February 25, 2018
The most important use of the term faith, though, is our
complete trust in God. This is how faith is used in today’s
reading from Genesis. Abraham was told by God to sacrifice his
son, Isaac. Yet, God had also told him that he would be the
father of many nations. How could this happen if he were to
listen to God and sacrifice his son? Abraham had to have faith
that somehow God would fulfill his promise.
God had told Abraham to do something that seemed utterly absurd.
Yet, Abraham had faith that somehow God would work out his
promise and his plan. Abraham completely trusted in God even
though everything around him and within him told him
God is for us, who can be against us,” St. Paul asks in today’s
second reading. Life has its challenges, but each challenge can
be met and conquered simply by trusting in God to work his
wonders in our lives.
will take care of you. And He will take care of me. We trust in
Him. We have faith in Him. And when the challenges appear
insurmountable, when our faith appears weak, we call out with
that man in Mark 9:24. “I do believe, Lord. Help those parts of
me that don’t believe.” And we trust in God to form with us, as
He did with Abraham, a covenant of faith.
Excerpted from Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Pellegrino, Diocese of St.