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Catholic Activity: Jesse Tree, Day 5a — Sarah



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Symbols: baby cradle, outline of woman, crown, stars

The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived, and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac. (Genesis 21:1-3)

Sarah was the wife of Abraham and the mother of Isaac. God changed the couple's original names, Abram and Sarai, to Abraham and Sarah to reflect how they were entering into a new covenant with Him.

Sarah and Abraham were advanced in age and were childless. God promised them a child. Separately both Abraham and Sarah laughed at the idea that they could have a child in their old age.

Abraham fell face down and laughed as he said to himself, “Can a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Can Sarah give birth at ninety?” (Genesis 17:17)

So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?” (Genesis 18:12)

The Hebrew word for laughed is the form of the name Isaac, their son.

Sarah then said, “God has given me cause to laugh, and all who hear of it will laugh with me. (Genesis 21:6)

Sarah often pointed out as an example of God's wonderful blessings. She is one of the holy women of the Old Testament who kept alive the hope of God's promise for man's salvation, and also prepared the way for Mary.


Recommended Scripture Readings:

  • Genesis 18:1-15
  • Genesis 21:1-17
  • Isaiah 51:2
  • Hebrews 11:11
  • 1 Peter 3:6
  • Romans 4:19
  • Galatians 4:21-31

Selections from The Catechism of the Catholic Church:

  • 145 Abraham—"Father of all who believe"
  • 64 God forms His people Israel
  • 489 Mary's Predestination

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Activity Source: Original Text (JGM) by Jennifer Gregory Miller, © Copyright 2003-2023 by Jennifer Gregory Miller