Saint for the day: Bonaventure (1221 – July 15, 1274)
Genesis 49:29-32; 50:15-26 – Psalm 105 – Matthew 10:24-33
“Be glad you lowly ones; may your hearts be glad! Glory in his holy name; rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord! Look to the Lord in his strength; seek to serve him constantly.” (Today’s Responsorial Psalm 105)
Today we finish with the “Story of Joseph” from the Book of Genesis and on Monday we’ll be hearing from the Book of Exodus. There are two thoughts that come to mind as we end this “Joseph Saga:” “God writes straight with crooked lines” up against the age-old thought, “An eye for an eye.”
Yet, our Old Testament Joseph – very much like the “New Testament Joseph” – is not at all vindictive. By our standards he probably had every right to “get back” at his brothers for what they did to him. But he doesn’t! This is a good lesson for all of us: of all the things that God calls us to: judging and punishing others is not in the plan.
It’s interesting that today’s Gospel – which is on its own tract – really is a fitting end to our “Joseph Story” with its admonition, “Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known.” (Matthew’s Gospel) We are called to walk in the “Light of Christ” and always let what we have received from God’s goodness be a beacon to those who are around us and part of our lives. The comparison of the Old Testament Joseph with the New Testament Joseph is a good place for us to rest today: our “Gospel Joseph” doesn’t have very many “lines” but his silent presence is what gave him his glory. There’s a lesson for us to think about in this comparison. Can we rejoice in the goodness we see all around us rather than feeling sorry for ourselves? Here’s what Dr. Seuss says: “Today you are you. That is truer than true. There is no one alive who is your than you. Shout loud, ‘I’m glad that I am what I am. And not just a clam. Or a ham. Or a dusty old jar of sour gooseberry jam!” Can you believe that? I think it deserves our “Amen!”