Our first reading this Sunday tells the story of the testing of Abraham. Childless until old age, Abraham and Sarah had only one child together—Isaac. God promised Abraham that through this son, he would become the father of a great nation that would number as the stars of the sky or as the sands of the seashore. Now that he has committed himself to serving and obeying God, he is told that this great promise will not happen. But as always, Abraham says, “Yes, Lord.” (One of my favorite passages is where God speaks to Abraham, “Abraham,” and he responds, “Ready!” I wish I was as quick to say yes to God as Abraham.) But even when God asks him to do something that will be absolutely awful and makes no sense, Abraham is willing to do God’s will.