Reality

FRIDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT (YEAR B)

1st Reading: Gen 37: 3-4,12-13,17-28 Let us kill him: then we shall see what becomes of his dreams.

Resp. Psalm 104(105):16-21: Remember the wonders the Lord has done.

Gospel:Matthew 21:33-43,45-46: This is the landlord’s heir, come let us kill him.

REFLECTION :

The story of Joseph is unquestionably one of the most thrilling in the whole of Scripture, which records his life in more detail than is given about the lives of other great patriarchs, such as Abraham and Isaac. Most scholars believe this is because Joseph typifies, more than any other Bible personality, the life and character of our Lord Jesus Christ. The likenesses between Joseph and Christ are so compelling that we cannot help but build our outline around these parallels.

1. Just as Joseph was beloved by Jacob -his Father Gen 37:3. So also in Matthew 3:17 Jesus is the beloved of God the Father.
2. They were sent to their brothers. Gen 37:13-14, Luke 20:13, Hebrews 2:12.
3. They were both taken to Egypt Gen. 37:28 —Matt2:14-15
4. They were stripped of their robes. Gen 37:23 — John 19:23-24.
5. For Joseph, his brothers buy into the idea of selling him so when the Midianite traders come by, they pull Joseph up out of the cistern and sell him into slavery for twenty shekels of silver. The Midianites then continue on their way to Egypt. Jesus was sold, for 30 pieces of silver, by one of his brothers. Both the price of a slave(Matthew 26:14-16, Mark 14:10-11, Luke 22:3-6, Zechariah 11:12-13)

6. Reuben was off somewhere. When he returns and sees Joseph isn’t there in the cistern, he tears his clothes. He goes back to his brothers and says, The boy’s not there! What am I going to do? Reuben thinks he’s undone because of Joseph’s plight, when in reality, had Joseph not been sold into slavery, they all would have been undone, by famine. When the two Mary’s returned and saw Jesus wasn’t there in the tomb, they were distressed also, but in reality, had the tomb not been empty, we’re all undone. Like 24:1-4

7. Jesus, too, was rejected by His kinsmen—the Jews—who were His brothers according to the flesh (Luke 20:13-14). But there is an even more dramatic parallel: Joseph was sold by Judah for twenty pieces of silver; Jesus was sold by Judas (Judah) for a similar but slightly large amount.

8. Just as Joseph was raised from the prison house of darkness and despair to the highest place in Pharaoh’s kingdom, so, too, was Jesus raised from the grave and given the highest place in the universe. Phil 2:8-10.

9. Respected by their jailers— Genesis 39:21. The centurion. Luke 23:47

10. Placed with two prisoners, one of which was later lost, the other saved Gen40:2-3—Luke 23:32

11. Occasionally in the Gospels, Jesus seemed to pursue a course that brought pain and consternation to those who were close to Him, but He, too, like Joseph, knew what it was to be guarded and guided by the hands of a loving God.

12. Ponder the parallel between the words, “I am Joseph”, and similar words spoken by the Son of God to Saul on the Damascus road: “I am Jesus” (Acts 9:5). Both were revelations that could have struck terror, but instead brought salvation. They both forgave and restored their brothers. Gen. 45:1-15, Zech. 12:10-12.

Looking at today’s first reading, we see the display of envy and wickedness from the brothers, which is still happening in our world today. Slave brothers are still around us dressed in modern fashion. Familiar are shattered today because of the Cains and Abels we have and the nations are divided whereas we are one human race.
Matthew Henry states, “Where envy reigns, pity is banished, and humanity itself is forgotten.” And Proverbs 27:4 tells us, Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy? In our story we see brothers driven by envy to plot the death of their own brother, even as he desperately pleaded for his life! Genesis41. 21

Read More: Thursday Of The Second Week Of Lent (Year B)https://www.angieisika.org/thursday-of-the-second-week-of-lent-year-b/

Dear beloved in Christ, Envy is something we need to stay clear from. Don’t allow yourself to be caught by the green eyed monster, or you may find yourself doing things you never dreamed you were capable of. The Jewish leaders of the time of Jesus grew envious of Jesus because he worked miracles in the midst of the people and He claimed to be the Son of God.

In all, we see that Joseph and Jesus even though they were patient in trials, faithful in their fame and forgiving in their actions they had a conviction that they were directed by a loving and compassionate God. We too must be focus in our mission. We too will be rejected or persecuted but we must aim at the goal and get it done. Nothing must interfere. Nothing must come between our love for God and his commands.

Remember to stay safe and do have a wonderful day.

Joseph Osho

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