September 29 – Genesis

We discover that the Joseph story has many twists and turns (as does ours!), and has impacts far beyond what might have been expected (as does ours!). Here is part of chapter 41.

Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went through all the land of Egypt.  During the seven plenteous years the earth produced abundantly.  He gathered up all the food of the seven years when there was plenty in the land of Egypt, and stored up food in the cities; he stored up in every city the food from the fields around it.  So Joseph stored up grain in such abundance—like the sand of the sea—that he stopped measuring it; it was beyond measure.

The seven years of plenty that prevailed in the land of Egypt came to an end; and the seven years of famine began to come, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in every country, but throughout the land of Egypt there was bread.  When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, ‘Go to Joseph; what he says to you, do.’  And since the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt.  Moreover, all the world came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain, because the famine became severe throughout the world.

Reflection – Joseph fulfills his responsibilities, and the world is saved.  How challenging is it to see ourselves making a difference in the world?  Why is it difficult to see beyond ourselves?

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