July 9, 2015 Genesis 44:18-21, 23b-29, 45:1-5; Matthew 10:7-15
It is a grace to recognize how God works in our lives. The story of Joseph facing the brothers who sold him into slavery … illustrates Joseph’s awareness of how God cares for His people.
Famine has struck the land … and the brothers come looking for a handout. Joseph initially is tough with them … but overcomes feelings for revenge and in the last paragraph of the reading … reveals his identity. He also reveals how God brought good from evil committed by the brothers … because now he was in position to help those in need. Joseph says …”it was for the sake of saving lives that God sent me here ahead of you.”
What a beautiful example of forgiveness.
Where did Joseph get the ability for such mercy and kindness? Most likely … Joseph learned it from his experience of God saving him time and time again. God’s mercy to Joseph was his resource for mercy toward his brothers.
May we have the grace to recognize how God works in our lives. Let us take a cue from Joseph and let God’s mercy take over where our own mercy may fall short.