Daily Lectionary Readings for Year A
The heat around the story of Esau and Jacob just went up a few hundred degrees. Esau has discovered that his brother Jacob has stolen his inheritance. Like a dramatic play, Esau enters to receive his blessing from his father a split second after Jacob leaves. Jacob tricked Isaac. Esau would have nothing. Except, he would carry with him anger and hatred. He would seek out revenge from his brother, who grabbed him once again by the heel and took what was rightfully his. Jacob would run, and Esau would pursue with the dream of exacting his revenge and finally evening the score.
Jacob has a way of doing things that make people want to kill him. Some people find themselves in one predicament after another. If that is you or someone you know, keep reading Jacob's story.
But what about Esau? Have you ever been furious with someone? Maybe you felt that they had wronged you and your anger seared within you, nearly uncontrollable. I think about the movie "The Princess Bride." Inigo Montoya was obsessed with exacting revenge on the man who killed his father. It became the purpose of his life and consumed his thoughts, day and night. What does this anger feel like, and in your experience what have you done to control, manage, or get over it?
Isaac, Rebekah, Esau, and Jacob are a part of our family. Think about how you relate to them and how their stories relate to you. What can you learn about God, and what do you learn about yourself, when you reflect on love, greed, family, struggle, dishonesty, trickery, anger, hatred, revenge?