Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Graces

11 Now they were both old, and far advanced in years, and it had ceased to be with Sara after the manner of women. 12 And she laughed secretly, saying: After I am grown old and my lord is an old man, shall I give myself to pleasure? 13 And the Lord said to Abraham: Why did Sara laugh, saying: Shall I who am an old woman bear a child indeed? 14 Is there any thing hard to God? According to appointment I will return to thee at this same time, life accompanying, and Sara shall have a son. 15 Sara denied, saying: I did not laugh: for she was afraid. But the Lord said, Nay: but thou didst laugh:

16 And when the men rose up from thence, they turned their eyes towards Sodom: and Abraham walked with them, bringing them on the way. 17 And the Lord said: Can I hide from Abraham what I am about to do: 18 Seeing he shall become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth shall be blessed? 19 For I know that he will command his children, and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord, and do judgment and justice: that for Abraham's sake the Lord may bring to effect all the things he hath spoken unto him. 20 And the Lord said: The cry of Sodom and Gomorrha is multiplied, and their sin is become exceedingly grievous.

Genesis 18:11-20

That secret laugh was known wasn't it. Amazingly something good is happening for Abraham and Sarah and they both laughed in disbelief. Sarah most of all. How often we do that ourselves, silently laughing at what we logically know is impossible. Or how about when we are at Mass and hear the homily with something said that causes us to interiorly laugh in disbelief. It happens! We have read of this very thing with Abraham and Sarah. We are no different than them. One difference is we are not always singled out by God for a specific happening to make the truth known. So we tend to interiorly scoff and speculate the worth of what is said. Sarah was in disbelief in this regard to what she was hearing. When it comes to the Divine, it often can be hard for those who are weak in faith to understand the truth of God's ways. Because our human nature can't take in the supernatural graces that are given to those who are chosen like Abraham and Sarah. Look at the people that encompass our lives and see the blessing in theirs. The children they have been given. The love they have with thier families and how they share it with others. Don't we at times scoff to ourselves when lack of faith in the Divine presence in peoples lives, when it's us who fail to build our faith up and understand it's no laughing matter the supernatural graces that abound in many peoples lives.

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