Have you ever felt like God is/was testing you? I think we all have at some time. Our first reading today is all about that. In the Gospel reading from Matthew 9, Jesus cures a paralytic; but it’s not so much the physical cure that was the big deal, but the fact that He forgave his sins.
Like any father, Abraham loved his son, Isaac. I’m sure he must have been beside himself when God told him to go to a mountain and offer up Isaac. Abraham obeyed God. Just as he was about to kill his son, God’s messenger told Abraham not to lay a hand on the boy. He had passed the test of faith.
I believe we’re tested often in our faith. Now, not all of these tests are of God’s doing. Often we are tempted by our own disordered desires. Other times God will give us the opportunity to trust him…or not. At the bottom line, that’s what it’s always about. Will we trust God through the trials and tests in our lives?
Father, we trust in you and in your divine plan. When our time of testing comes, may our faith hold firm. Amen.