Week 2: Sunday

“He took him outside and said: Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can. Just so, he added, will your descendants be.” (Genesis 15:5.)

Saint Ambrose of Milan offers the following insight on this verse from today’s First Reading:

“What is the meaning then of the expression “he brought him outside”? The prophet is as it were led out, so that he goes outside of the body and sees the limitations imposed by the flesh that is his garment and the infusion of the Holy Spirit who makes a kind of visible descent. We too must exit from the confinement of this our temporary dwelling. We must purify the place where our soul dwells from all uncleanness, throw out every stain of wickedness, if we wish to receive the spirit of wisdom, because “wisdom will not enter a wicked soul.” Abraham believed, not because he was drawn by a promise of gold or silver but because he believed from the heart. “It was reckoned to him as righteousness.” A reward was bestowed that corresponded to the test of his merit.” (On Abraham, 2)

Reflection on this Sunday’s Gospel.

O God, who have commanded us
to listen to your beloved Son,
be pleased, we pray,
to nourish us inwardly by your word,
that, with spiritual sight made pure,
we may rejoice to behold your glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen