The art of letting go: The binding of Isaac

Genesis 22 is one of the readings of the Hebrew Scriptures chosen for the Liturgy of the Word at the Easter Vigil. It is also something of a challenging text. Adrian Graffy, a parish priest in the diocese of Brentwood and member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, takes a fresh look.

Perhaps the most challenging of the Old Testament readings set before us for the Easter Vigil is the story of the ‘binding’ of Isaac. Its relevance to the mystery of the death of Christ might suggest that, like the crossing of the Red Sea in Exodus 14, it should never be omitted. One suspects, however, that when pastoral considerations advise reduction of the number of readings, Genesis 22 is a frequent casualty.

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