Gen. 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18; Rom. 8:31b-35, 37; Mk. 9:2-10
The First Reading from the Book of Genesis tells us that God tested Abraham. [Gen. 22:1] God wanted to see just how faithful Abraham would be in obedience.
calling Abraham, God commanded him to take his son Isaac and to go to the land
of Moriah to offer him there as a burnt offering on a mountain that will be
shown to him.
Genesis 22:3-8 tells us, Abraham obeyed God. Early in the morning, he set out
towards the mountain. Genesis 22:6 tells us that "Abraham took the wood of
the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac." When Abraham came to the
place that God had shown him, he built an altar there and laid the wood in
order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.
Just when Abraham was about to sacrifice his son, the angel of the Lord called him from heaven and told him not to lay his hand on the boy or do anything to him. [Gen. 22:11-2] The faith of Abraham had been tested and God knew by his actions that he had a sincere heart.