Jesus Christ: truly heroic
Sunday’s First Reading (Genesis 22:1-2,9-13,15-18):
‘God put Abraham to the test. ‘Abraham, Abraham’ he called. ‘Here I am’ he replied. ‘Take your son,’ God said ‘your only child Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him as a burnt offering, on a mountain I will point out to you.’
When they arrived at the place God had pointed out to him, Abraham built an altar there, and arranged the wood. Then he bound his son Isaac and put him on the altar on top of the wood.
Buffon presents Pope Francis with a signed football
Pope Francis has met the football teams of both Italy and Argentina ahead of a friendly match which is to be played in his honour.
The Pope met the world’s top player Lionel Messi of Barcelona and later Messi said: “Without a doubt, today was one of the most special days of my life….We have to excel on and off the field.”
Pope Francis asked the players to take responsibility for their status as role models for many millions of people, both young and old, across the world, and he invited the players to pray for him so that “I too, on the ‘field’ where God has put me, can play an honest and courageous game for the good of all.