Friday of the Second Week of Lent
Book of Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a, Psalm 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21,
& Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
Joseph Reveals Himself to His Brothers by Joseph Cornelius, 1816
For me, one of the most beautiful and touching stories in the Book of Genesis, if not all of Sacred Scripture, is the story of Joseph. It is full of drama, pathos, and surprising turnabouts. Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and carried off to Egypt. Afterward, he was falsely imprisoned in his exile, and then, he was not only freed but made second in command over all of Egypt after the Pharaoh. More than the series of interesting details in this dramatic story is the interpretation given by Genesis to this drama. All of the chapters in the Joseph's life can be explained by one fact; God prepared all of this so that Joseph’s family could be cared for by him in Egypt when famine struck their land.
Joseph’s rejection by his family and subsequent mission of saving his family gives us a foreshadowing of the life of the Son of Joseph —Jesus of Nazareth. In today’s Gospel narrative Jesus says to His adversaries, “Did you never read in the Scriptures, ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes.’”
Jesus, rejected, betrayed, and put to death was raised by the Father and became the cornerstone. The foundation on which the Church, the Body of Christ will be built.
The wisdom found in today’s scripture readings remind us to stay close to God throughout all of the struggles we face in life. May we, too, respond like Joseph and Jesus and use our adversity to help others.
Question of the Day: How will you use the blessings of God in your life to face personal adversity?
Prayer: “God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son; so that everyone who believe in Him might have eternal life. Amen.”