Oct 10 - “St. Abraham, The Children of” © icon by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM.
Abraham sits on golden clouds in Paradise, with the countless stars of the heavens behind him. In Chapter 22 of Genesis God promised him that his descendants would be as numerous as these stars. Jews, Christians, and Muslims all consider Abraham to be their father in faith, and a throng of these children crowd onto his lap.
The Arabic Inscription reads, "Abraham, the Friend of God," which is how Muslims often refer to him. The Hebrew inscription is taken from Genesis and reads "Abraham, the Father of many Nations."
For centuries children of Abraham have hated and killed one another. Today we must either learn how to engage in respectful dialogue or face global destruction. As the Prophet Muhammad once said, "A believer is a mirror to a believer." Besides sharing a common spiritual heritage, each Abrahamic religion has produced saints and mystics who truly do mirror one another. Let us look to these saints when religious extremists sow strife in our midst. Let us prove ourselves true sons and daughters of Abraham, rather than hypocrites like those St. John the Baptist once condemned.
His feast day is October 9.