The texts offered to us in the Bible sometimes present us with… the world upside down!
This seems to be the case in today’s 1st reading (Gn.18:1-10).
Abraham sees three people nearing his home – three passers-by unknown to him.
In such a case, we would expect the strangers to present themselves and ask for hospitality if they need it.
This is not at all what we see happening.
First, in those three personages, Abraham recognizes the Almighty –
the ONE God he worships.
Then, far from being asked for assistance, he is the one who begs the visitors
to accept the hospitality which he offers them in a truly warm manner.
He describes for them what his welcome entails –
a festive meal that would surely delight hungry pilgrims!
The icon often used to evoke the Holy Trinity is, in fact, an illustration of this scene:
the three visitors at table having been served the promised meal.
Reflecting on the text and the scene it describes, two questions arise:
- Do we recognize God when he comes to us… and in whatever form he choose to reach us?
- Do we welcome him as generously as Abraham did?
The answer to these two questions could well bring about some amazing change in our life…
Of course, this supposes that we accept to be sometimes surprised by God –
a God we may think we know and yet…
Note: Another reflection is available on a different theme in French at: https://image-i-nations.com/16e-dimanche-de-lannee-c-2019/