Thursday 13 July 2017

About Today Readings

St Henry II.
Genesis 44:18-21, 23-29; 45:1-5. Psalm 104(105):16-21. Matthew 10:7-15.

Remember the marvels the Lord has done — Psalm 104(105):16-21.

How hard it seems to trust in God’s providence.

The story of Joseph in today’s first reading is the story of someone who recognises your long-term provision for us. Joseph easily could have seen the presence of his brothers in Egypt as an opportunity to use his position of power for revenge. Instead he sees their presence there as God’s way of providing for his father and brothers.

He even sees their previous treatment of him as the way of bringing about God’s loving care of Israel and ensuring its continuing existence.

Lord, we are challenged by the story of Joseph and today’s gospel to trust in your providence as we live out your call.

We are also encouraged not to retaliate in times of rejection but rather to shake off the dust of our own anger and resentment. Lord, help us to travel lightly.

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