July 12, 2017 – Wednesday in the 14th Week of the Church Year

Saints for the day: John Jones & John Wall (c. 1530 – 1550; 1620 – 1679 )

Scripture Readings for today’s Liturgy:

Genesis 41:55-57; 42:5-7a, 17-2a – Psalm33 – Matthew 10:1-7

If the phrase, “What goes around, comes around” was a scripture verse it could be the kick-off for today’s reflection on the story of Joseph dealing with his brothers who sold him into slavery. We’ll get to hear more of it tomorrow and see that it all works out to a “happy ending.” It’s another example of how God writes straight with crooked lines. The Old Testament Joseph is a figure of Christ in that he is able to save his brothers and father after been sold out for a handful of coins. We don’t even have to try very hard to see the similarities between this “Joseph” and Joseph, the foster father of Jesus, who also went down to Egypt to save the Christ Child and Mary from the wicked Herod. It’s another way that the early church saw itself as the fulfillment of Old Testament promises and not just some newfangled way of acknowledging God’s faithful promises to always guide and direct the Church on its journey to the Kingdom. Today’s Holy Gospel is another account of this same process when we hear about Jesus calling his twelve apostles. I remember somebody telling me about the significance of the number “12:” They said, “First you take the 2 natures of God and add the 4 gates into the temple along with 4 Gospels and the 3 persons of the Holy Trinity. Then you subtract 1.” When I asked what was the significance of subtracting “1” I was told, “otherwise you wouldn’t get “12!” “Numerology” has been a fascination for peoples all the way down through the ages and in the end, its only real purpose is to give us a little bit of an edge into the mystery of God. And, if we look closely at these twelve we can see that they are more of a “rag-tag group” with a variety of characteristics that give us ample opportunity to see – like in a mirror – personalities very much like ourselves. It’s another example of how God most strongly desires to draw us in to his loving mercy – by hook or by crook – in order to work with us for awhile before sending us out proclaiming that the “Kingdom of God is at hand.” And that’s were we meet Him on the way … and find out that the path we’re on actually leads to a Hill called Calvary. Do I hear an “Amen?”

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