Saturday, April 19, 2014

Genesis 22:1-8-18 (Vigil)

Year A - Easter Vigil or Hopeless Hope Vigil
April 19/20, 2014

Creation stories come in a variety of guises. There are those that build and those that transition. Here is a creation story in reverse.

A chaotic deep is not a given. Here chaos comes as a deliberate test, not a state of affairs. Promises have been given. Life is moving along.

Then come G*D, like Mary Poppins, with chaos in her wake. Delete your promise. Kill your son, your gateway to a multitude of descendants (forgetting Ishmael, of course). This command bring dissonance, chaotic and a way to madness.

Who is resurrected here? G*D? Abraham? Isaac? It would be easy to see this as a new beginning for Isaac. We can even see it for Abraham (except for those tales that have Sarah giving him the silent treatment because of what he was willing to do)? Can you see this as a resurrection of G*D who had forgotten showing steadfast love and, instead, demanding it of another.

Finally G*D comes around. G*D also plays an excuse game saying they can see that Abraham intended to kill and that was good enough. Sometimes a resurrection is simply to get back to square one.

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