We hear some very amazing stories in the Bible, don’t we? I am also spell-bound by the story of Joseph that we hear from Genesis today, even though I have heard it time and time again and know the ending of the story. We hear how out of jealousy and greed, Joseph’s brothers turn on him because his is the apple of their father’s eye. God’s grace operates in the story, as Joseph’s life is spared. They sell Joseph for pieces of silver to the Ishmaelites, foreshadowing how Judas will later betray Jesus for monetary gain as well. Joseph is taken into Egypt, setting up the circumstance that will bring the people of Israel to Egypt where they will eventually become enslaved, and where one of their own, Moses, will be brought up by God in order to lead them out of slavery and into the promised land.
When we look into our own lives and the lives of our ancestors, we can see the ups and downs on our journey. But we can also see God’s grace there as well, even in the midst of the struggles and the sufferings. And that is what is wonderful about Sacred Scripture – there is always so much we can learn from, as well as so many connections we can see with our own lives. Let us have these stories strengthen us and nurture us as we continue along our Lenten journey.