The first reading appointed for this morning is the story of the near sacrifice of Isaac at the hand of Abraham, his father.
It's a powerful narrative: dramatic, suspenseful, riveting and, for many, deeply disturbing and upsetting. For the moment, however, let's leave aside all the implications regarding human sacrifice in the historical period during which this story emerged. Let's also leave aside what it triggers about child abuse for many people today as well as what some insist it indicates about the nature of God from a biblical standpoint.
Instead, let's consider the radical nature of unreserved commitment.
And then contemplate the play of light and shadow against deep darkness in the stunning painting above by Caravaggio. (Click or double click on the image for a larger version.)
Then these words from the reading:
You can find all of today's readings right here.
Here I am! (Notice, Abraham says this three times: to God, to Isaac, and to God's angel.)
So the two of them walked on together. (Mentioned twice, by the way.)
The Lord will provide.