Monday, October 21, 2013
Promises to Abraham fulfilled in Christ: Daily Mass Homily--Monday, October 21st, 2013
In both St. Paul’s letter to the Romans and the Responsorial Psalm, our father in faith—Abraham—is highlighted: “Abraham did not doubt God’s promise in unbelief; rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God and was fully convinced that what God had promised he was also able to do.” “This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to set us free from the hands of our enemies, free to worship him without fear…”
God promised Abraham three things: land, descendants and freedom from enemies. Each of these promises were fulfilled in the Old Testament. But more than this, it is awesome to see God’s providence work in salvation history. Jesus, who came 2000 years after Abraham, fulfilled the promises to Abraham at a greater level.
To the promise of land, Jesus opened to the doors to a whole new dwelling place: heaven. To the promise of descendants, Christ gave us the gift of spiritual birth in Baptism to everyone. To the promise of freedom we have the chance, through his cross, to be free from sin and death.
God is faithful and we see His providence at work in the Scriptures throughout time. We pray today that our faith may grow like Abraham’s, and that the promises God made to Abraham may be realized in our own lives.