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Today’s Readings – Wednesday of week 12 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Gen 15:1-12, 17-18

Here we have the first of the formal covenants between God and Abram and later between God and the Israelites. It begins with a general promise from God in a vision to Abram:

Fear not, Abram!

I am your shield; your reward will be very great.

"Shield” here signifies “King".

"Fear not!” is a phrase repeated again and again throughout Scripture.

But it does not reassure Abram. He has heard these promises already but so far nothing has happened. What good are all God’s blessings if Abram remains childless and without an heir and has to bequeath his property to his steward, Eliezer? “You have given me no offspring, so one of my servants will be my heir.” It is known that in Mesopotamia a chil … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Tuesday of week 12 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Gen 13:2, 5-18

The virtue of Abram is further highlighted in this passage.

As we could gather from yesterday’s reading but is explicitly confirmed in today’s, Abram was rich in livestock but also in silver and gold. Lot also was the owner of … Continue

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