Friday, March 5, 2010

Friday of the Second Week of Lent

Genesis 37: 3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a, Psalm 105, Matthew 21: 33-43, 45-46

Psalm 105 retells God’s actions in history, not the actions of His people in history, emphasizing that it is God who directs the lives of His people. In today’s Genesis passages, we witness Joseph’s betrayal by his brothers when they sell him into slavery. We know that this story has a happy ending: Joseph prepares Egypt for the famine and not only forgives his brothers but helps them, too. Joseph even tells his brothers not to be angry at themselves for their betrayal, as this was how God brought him to Egypt to feed His people.

This story serves as a reminder that although we may not always feel like we are in God’s favor, he does not abandon us. Rather, we simply cannot yet understand the ways He is working through us or where He is leading us. The place where we are today is not the end; there is more to our stories. For this reason, it is important that we continue to trust God and ask for His guidance. And additionally, that in times of darkness, we also continue to love others as Christ loves us and forgive others as Christ forgives us, for it is written, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

Today, let us ask God to help us to forgive, like Joseph, those who have wronged us in some way, so that we may better follow Him, with a clean heart and upright spirit, into the lives that we are meant to live—Christ-like and in Christ.

Jennifer Raha

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