I was honoured to be invited to contribute to a Lenten reflection booklet curated by a friend and fellow postulant in the Diocese of British Columbia. My reflection was for today and is based on the Hebrew Bible lectionary reading for the day, Genesis 17:3-9.
Your name shall be Abraham for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations.
Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God.
I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all the tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands.
Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am.”
Before he even reproduced, God had made Abraham the father of a multitude of nations. It still seemed impossible – there was not even one child, let alone a multitude of nations.
And before Abraham was even conceived of, Jesus is.
In the beginning was the Word…
Time and space. What is time to God? A thousand years is like a day to God, we are told. Yesterday is last year, tomorrow is 2019. Or 2130. Or 1875.
God was, God is, God will be.
That multitude of nations? God knew them then. God knows them now. God sees and knows those that will be. Each and every one.
Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again:
And yesterday, today, and tomorrow we all join together; with Abraham, with the angels who heralded Christ’s birth, and with the multitude from every nation envisioned by John, praising God.