This ancient story is like a riddle whose “answer” comes centuries later with the arrival of Jesus. Three men arrive, and Abraham prepares a feast; but the pronouns slip back and forth between plural and singular. Are they three? Are they one? Are they men or angels? Abraham was maybe 100 years old at this point, so any confusion on his part is understandable. But ultimately, “The Lord” announces the promise: Sarah will have a son! So, as Jesus would say, “Abraham rejoiced to see my day!” (John 8:56). Mysteries abound in our own lives too, if we can just be open to their unfolding. The arrival of a guest is an opportunity to serve; a guest, even a stranger, may carry a promise of a fuller life. And the poor often make the best angels!
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