Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Abram took his wife Sarah and his brother’s son Lot, and all the possessions that they had gathered, and the persons whom they had acquired in Haran; and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan.
When they had come to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. Then the Lord appeared to Abram, and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. From there he moved on to the hill country on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and invoked the name of the Lord. And Abram journeyed on by stages toward the Negeb.
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.
I recently updated my resume and couldn’t help but notice that it was an exercise in unabashed self-promotion.
The call of Abram stands in stark contrast, both to me and to the self-promoters of the Tower of Babel, in the preceding chapter of Genesis. Remember, God confused the world’s common language when the people said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky, and so make a name for ourselves…”
Abram, on the other hand, “went as the LORD directed him.” Abandoning security, Abram trusts God who assures him, “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.”
In today’s world, I supposed we need things like resumes, but all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, my entire will, all that I have and possess have been given to me by God—not so I can make a name for myself. Rather, to be a blessing. For “all the communities of the earth [to] find blessing in [us].” Wouldn’t that look great on a resume?
—Sean Agniel is ending a term as the provincial’s assistant for secondary and pre-secondary education for the U.S. Central and Southern Province. This summer he will begin working at St. Louis University High School as the advancement chief of staff.
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
all I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours;
do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.
—St. Ignatius Loyola