Genesis 12:1-4 Through Abram, God began to gather his people into one, a process that finds its ultimate fulfillment in Christ. Because of his faith and trust in God, Abram readily obeyed, and for this fidelity he would be richly BLESSED and become the father of a GREAT NATION. The Epistle to the Hebrews extols Abram’s exemplary virtues (cf. Heb 11:8-19). (CCC 59-61, 72, 144-147, 762, 2570)
Ch 12:3 By you all the families...bless themselves: Abram’s most illustrious descendant would be JESUS CHRIST, the Son of God. Through him, the entire human family would receive the greatest blessing-the gift of redemption and eternal life. (CCC 706)
Ch 12:4-9 Abram’s faith was expressed in total docility and obedience to God’s plan. His faith is evident in his works, which bore witness to the sincerity and humility of his INTERIOR LIFE OF PRAYER. His love for God manifested itself through his construction of altars and sacrificial offerings in all the places he resided. (CCC 144-147, 2570)
Ch 12:10-20 To protect himself, Abram concealed that Sarai was his wife. Nevertheless, God preserved them from harm. This simple incident shows that God is a PERSONAL GOD, whose concern is not restricted to particular nations or places. His love extends to all people in all places at all times. The obligation to speak the truth is not unconditional; there are circumstances where love, charity, safety, privacy, or the common good require silence. For example, obligations of justice require discretion and silence regarding information to which another person has no right, and certain professional confidences and the SEAL OF CONFESSION require silence rather than disclosure. (CCC 2488-2492)
Job 1:1-5 Job enjoyed what could be considered an ideal life. He had all the material wealth anyone would want surrounded by many loving children. Moreover, he was very virtuous and completely docile to God’s will. Under the prevailing opinion that prosperity was a sign of being in God’s grace, one would readily conclude that Job was without sin. Job offered intercessory prayer and sacrifices as a way of atoning for the sins of his sons and daughters. St. John Chrysostom saw in this passage a JUSTIFICATION FOR OFFERING PRAYERS AND SACRIFICES ON BEHALF OF THE DEAD: “If Job’s sons were purified by their father’s sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them” (CCC 1032)
Job 1:13-22 Job suffered great calamity and personal loss, yet he remained faithful. He recognized that all his possessions were gratuitously given to him by God. Therefore, he knew that God, who is the SOURCE OF ALL GOOD, had the right to take away those same gifts. The fire of God: This is an ancient expression for a LIGHTNING STRIKE.
Job 2:1-13 Job’s troubles were compounded by a painful and disfiguring affliction. Job, however, rightly believed that faithfulness to God requires both an acceptance of both the good and the bad that may befall a person. Three of Job’s friends paid him a visit and sat shiva with him, a Jewish tradition of seven days of silent mourning that is normally reserved for a person’s death. The scene is remarkable in that NONE OF THESE VISITORS was a Jew himself.
Ch 2:13 The Hebrew language makes no distinction between “evil” and “suffering,” using the same word for both. This indicates the close, perceived relationship between sin and hardship between the ancient Jews.
Proverbs 1:7 Fear of the Lord: This refers not to fright but to awe and reverence toward God. Respect and love for God is the path to wisdom…(CCC 1653, 2214, 2221, 2688)
(*The Didache Bible RSV-CE Ignatius Edition, 2006)