Commentary on the First Reading for the 2nd Sunday of Lent

Father Rich gave an outstanding homily today, based on the first reading for this 2nd Sunday of Lent, which we have included in this update. This particular reading is what establishes God’s covenant with Abraham.  It is, Father says, the central most important message of the Hebrew scriptures.  Please take the time to listen to this information if you’d like some in depth understanding of today’s first reading and Father’s homily about it.  The presentation starts at Chapter 11 of Genesis.  Commentary on the covenant God establishes is at Chapter 15.

The media featured here is one of the classes on the book of Genesis that Father taught on Nov. 7, 2011.  The whole class on Genesis, as well as all the books of the Bible taught in his Bible studies, (Mondays at 9:00, and all are invited..) are featured under Media/Scripture Classes on this web site.  

We are so fortunate to have these classes on scripture and apologetics available to us, both in real time and on this website.  Please consider availing yourself of the opportunities to learn what is presented in each of these great classes.  (Plus, it’ll give you a chance to hear how the classes are both intelligent and entertaining!)

Apologetics class follows the Stations of the Cross on Wednesdays (6:30)  in the Gathering Space at St. John’s.  Please join us!  


Genesis Scripture Class, Nov. 7, 2011:

Reading 1   GN 15:5-12, 17-18

The Lord God took Abram outside and said,
“Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can.
Just so,” he added, “shall your descendants be.”
Abram put his faith in the LORD,
who credited it to him as an act of righteousness.He then said to him,
“I am the LORD who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans
to give you this land as a possession.”
“O Lord GOD,” he asked,
“how am I to know that I shall possess it?”
He answered him,
“Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old she-goat,
a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”
Abram brought him all these, split them in two,
and placed each half opposite the other;
but the birds he did not cut up.
Birds of prey swooped down on the carcasses,
but Abram stayed with them.
As the sun was about to set, a trance fell upon Abram,
and a deep, terrifying darkness enveloped him.When the sun had set and it was dark,
there appeared a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch,
which passed between those pieces.
It was on that occasion that the LORD made a covenant with Abram,
saying: “To your descendants I give this land,
from the Wadi of Egypt to the Great River, the Euphrates.”