Scripture Reading Genesis 18:1-15 (Inclusive Bible)

YHWH appeared to Abraham by the oak grove of Mamre, while Abraham sat at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. Looking up, Abraham saw three travelers standing nearby. When he saw them, Abraham ran from the entrance of the tent to greet them; and bowing to the ground, said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, please do not pass by our tent. Let some water be brought, that you may bathe your feet, and then rest yourselves beneath this tree. As you have come to your faithful one, let me bring you a little food, that you may refresh yourselves. Afterward, you may go on your way.” “Very well,” they replied, “do as you have said.” Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick – take a bushel of fine flour and knead it into loaves of bread.” Abraham then ran to the herd, selected a choice and tender calf, and sent a worker hurrying to prepare it. Then Abraham took cheese and milk and the calf which had been prepared, and placed it before the travelers; and he waited on them under the tree while they ate. “Where is Sarah?” they asked. “There in the tent,” Abraham replied. One of them said, “I will surely return to you this time next year, and Sarah and Abraham were old, well on in years, and Sarah no longer had her periods. So Sarah laughed to herself and said, “Now that I am so old and my husband even older, is pleasure to come my way again?” YHWH said to Abraham, “Why does Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really deliver a child, at my age?’ Is anything too extraordinary for God to do? At the appointed time, at this time next year, I will return to you, and Sarah will have a child.” Sarah was afraid, and said, “I didn’t laugh.” God said, “Oh, but you did indeed laugh!”

*“YHWH” represents the divine name found in the Hebrew text. It represents the divine mystery, and is not pronounced. Instead, we say “God” or some other term of reverence.

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