June 28.  Deacon Morris was in regular contact with family groups and invited them to reflect on the readings of the day but also to discuss their thoughts and feelings with one another. He said to them, “You should read the whole passage to see how the Genesis stories about Abraham, his family and their relationship with God and the world show how he felt close to God and could even negotiate and bargain with God.  I love that element of openness and listening and wish that we all had that kind of relationship with God and also too as parents and children.”     

The Lord said, “shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, seeing that Abraham shall become a great and mighty nation and all the nations of the earth shall bless themselves by him? No, for I have chosen him that he may charge his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing right and justice.”  Then the Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave I will go to see.” Abraham stood before the Lord, and said, “ If there are only ten righteous people will you indeed destroy the righteous with the wicked?”   from Genesis 18: 16-33.   

Pope Francis:  Disregard for the duty to cultivate and maintain a proper relationship with my neighbour for whose care and custody I am responsible ruins my relationship with my own self, with others, with God and with the earth.  When all these relationships are neglected, when justice no longer dwells in the land the Bible tells us that life itself is endangered.LS70.