Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.
I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. And I will give to you, and to your offspring after you, the land where you are now an alien, all the land of Canaan, for a perpetual holding; and I will be their God.” God said to Abraham, “As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your offspring after you throughout their generations.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
In this reading of God’s call to Abraham I pause to reflect on what Abraham must have felt like after hearing of God’s expectations and promises. I imagine Abraham felt overwhelmed, confused, and uncertain, but also honored, fulfilled, and overjoyed. The task of leading God’s people and upholding the covenant throughout all ages is no easy feat, but one that Abraham accepts willingly.
Abraham’s response to God is admirable and serves as an example for us so many years later. What is it that God is calling you to do today, this Lent, or this year? How do you respond to God’s call to personally uphold the covenant still today? Perhaps each of us is being called in one small way to maintain the covenantal relationship with God. Let us pray that we remain open to hearing and responding to God’s call in order to uphold the promise of God’s loving relationship with each of us.
—Sadie Curtin serves as Co-Director of Faith Formation at the Church of the Gesu, University Heights, OH.
Christ be with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me.
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise,
Christ in the heart of every one who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Salvation is of the Lord, salvation is of the Christ.
May your salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.
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