Proper 15/Ordinary 20, 2014 – Genesis 45:4-5

Monday, August 11, 2014

Joseph is reunited with his brothers while they are in Egypt, and Jesus heals the daughter of a Canaanite women in our passages for this week. Our lectionary selections for this week include: Genesis 45:1-15 and Psalm 133, Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 and Psalm 67,
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, and Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28.

Genesis 45:4-5Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closer to me.” And they came closer. He said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.

This is one of those difficult passages for me. Joseph, sold into slavery by his brothers, is now in a position in Egypt that allows him to quite possibly save the lives of his family. And Joseph credits God with this opportunity rather than faulting his brothers for the initial injustice.

Almighty God, help us to live our lives in ways that show your will intricately woven into our actions. Amen.

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