Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 7, A.D. 2005
Genesis 44:18-21, 23-29; 45:1-5
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words --
go outside that house or town
and shake the dust from your feet. (see Matthew 10:15)
One underlying theme in today's readings is forgiveness. In Genesis we
see Joseph's jealous brothers selling him into slavery which eventually
brought him to Egypt to serve in Pharaoh's household. There he showed
exceptional abilities by predicting a famine and ordering greater production
and storage of food to avert their people's starvation. This won him authority
which was second only to that of the "crown."
Famine, however, did strike neighboring Israel. Joseph's father, not knowing
his son was alive, sent his brothers to Egypt to buy provisions for his family.
When the brothers realized they were to deal with Joseph whom they had
betrayed, they feared retribution. Joseph's behavior toward them narrates
the most touching story in the Old Testament; for he reflects the very goodness
of God--forgiveness combined with loving generosity.
Our Gospel expands this theme, but in addition we learn that God's forgiveness
and salvation belongs to those (like Joseph's brothers) who acknowledge and
repent of their sin. The injured party is called by God to always forgive the
perpetrator, since grudges only destroy inner peace and fuel further conflicts.
Likewise, the sinner, to be freed of his sin, must admit his wrongdoing before
God and seek making amends as best he can to both God and man.
Christ tells His disciples to break all connection with any who rebuff His
word, who choose to remain blind to and unrepentant of their transgressions.
On the day of judgment, these will suffer the consequences of their having
rejected God's divine mercy.
O Loving God,
guide and protector of Your people, keep us always in Your love by giving us
an unfailing respect for and obedience to Your living Word, Jesus Christ. Amen
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
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