What we say and do can have huge consequences to other people. We may want to put the situation “in the desert” away from our eyes, but suffering is still there, along with the presence of God. Sarah who was known for her laugh when the angel said she would have a child in her old age, became enraged when Hagar laughed also, while playing with Isaac, Sarah’s son. Because of this, she insisted that Hagar and Ishmael be sent away, out of her sight. Yet Hagar was not out of sight of God’s mercy.
Come, let us worship as we encounter the mystery of our stories of Sarah, Abraham, Isaac, and Ishmael.
READINGS FOR SUNDAY: Genesis 21:8-21 † Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17 † Romans 6:1-11 † Matthew 10:24-39
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