On the birth of Isaac and the fact that he is weaned
MOSES IS READ TO US IN THE CHURCH. Let us pray the Lord lest, in accordance with the Apostle's word, even with us, "when Moses is read the veil be upon" our "heart."1
For it has been read that Abraham begot a son, Isaac, when he was a hundred years old.2"And Sara said: 'Who will announce to Abraham that Sara gives suck to a child?'"3 "And then," the text says, " Abraham circumcised the child on the eighth day."4 Abraham does not celebrate his son's birthday, but he celebrates the day of this weaning "and makes a great feast."5
Why? Do we think that it is the Holy Spirit's intention to write stories and to narrate how a child was weaned and a feast was made, how he played and did other childish things? Or should we understand by these things that he wishes to teach us something divine and worthy that the human race might learn from the words of God?
Isaac means "laughter" or "joy."6 Who is it, then, who begets such a son? It is, doubtless, he who said of these whom he begot through the Gospel: "For you are my joy and crown of glorying."7 For sons of this kind, there is a feast and great joy when they are weaned, for these who "no longer need milk, but strong meat, who by taking up their power have their senses exercised to the discerning of good or evil."8 There is a great____________________