Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
It looked like disaster, a most heinous act of family trauma drama! Out of jealousy the most beloved and promising son was kidnapped, tortured and sold into slavery by his older brothers - in a huge family cover-up that spanned decades. How despicable! How unjust! But Joseph, the victim, chose to live into God’s greater intentions that far out-weighed the pettiness of jealously. Choosing forgiveness and eventually reconciliation with his brothers, according to God’s mercy and truth, Joseph’s slavery eventually allowed his father’s family to relocate to Egypt to benefit from the stores of grain he himself had stored up for his people. His statement of reconciliation resounds for all families –whether nuclear, extended, community or global – throughout all generations: “Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good.” What are God’s intentions in the injustices of all the families I belong to? Holy Spirit of God, help me live into your intentions for my family(s).
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually. (Psalm 105)
Those whose hearts are pure are temples of the Holy Spirit.
Soli gloriam dei.
Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.