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January 4, 2015

Genesis, Chapter 21, verse 16-18:
16 Then she went and sat down at a distance, about a bow shot away, thinking, 'I cannot bear to see the child die.' Sitting at a distance, she began to sob.17 God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven. 'What is wrong, Hagar?' he asked. 'Do not be afraid, for God has heard the boy's cry in his plight.18 Go and pick the boy up and hold him safe, for I shall make him into a great nation.'

Hagar was the servant of Sarah.  Hagar was also the mother of Abraham’s firstborn illegitimate son Ishmael.  The situation here was horrendous, due to Sarah’s practical nature, she gave her slave to Abraham to raise as a son to give his inheritance, too.

According to Islamic sources it was Ishmael that Abraham tried to offer as a sacrifice to God at the Dome of the rock in Jerusalem.  A war ensured between the mother of Ishmael and the mother of Isaac.  Now that Sarah had her own son Hagar and her son was a threat to Sarah and Sarah wanted her and her son dead.

Fear is the root of the evil, Sarah and Hagar feared the loss of life and property for their son’s; and this in-house squabble continues today in the with the descendants of Abraham (The Jews and the Arabs).  Here we see God sends his angel to pronounce to Hagar, dying of thirst and having to watch her son die of thirst, to not be afraid.  Legend has it that the angel produced life giving water for Hagar and Ishmael and the courage to continue.

Blood feuds are the worst and are usually caused by fear which leads to puffed up pride and envy.  Pride and envy are a slow poison to avoid.  Today would be a good day to reflect if we have given in to this type of poison.

Also, today is the 11th day of Christmas.  The 11 pipers piping is a sign for the eleven faithful apostles.  It is interesting to note that Judas’ sin was due to fear, greed, pride and envy.  Today would be a good day to read about the remaining 11 pipers and their courage to create a kingdom of God and change the world. 

Today being Sunday the Catholic church celebrates the Feast of the Epiphany for a family time movie check out the Fourth Wise Man.