God of the Covenant

O, Abraham—the One who came into human history
wants only, through you, to unveil this mystery hidden from the foundations of the world,
a mystery earlier than the world!

If today we go to these places
from which, long ago, Abraham set out,
where he heard the Voice, where the promise was fulfilled,
it is in order to stand at the threshold—

and reach the beginning of the Covenant.
For God revealed to Abraham
what is, for a father, the sacrifice of his own son—death offered up.
O, Abraham—God so loved the world
that he gave his only Son, that all who believe in Him
should have eternal life.

—Stop here—
I carry your name in me,
this name is the sign of the Covenant
which the Primordial Word made with you
even before the world was created.

Remember this place when you go away from here, this place will await its day.

— from “The Roman Triptych” Translated by Jerzy Peterkiewicz