Friday of the Second Week of Lent
Malvern Minute

 

Friday of the Second Week of Lent

March 5, 2021

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA

Book of Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a

Psalm 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21

Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46

 

            For me, one of the most beautiful and touching stories in the Book of Genesis, if not all of Sacred Scripture, is the story of Joseph.  It is full of drama, pathos, and surprising turnabouts.  Joseph was sold by his brothers into slavery and carried off to Egypt.  He was falsely imprisoned in his exile and then, he was not only freed but made second in command to Pharaoh over all of Egypt.  But far more than a series of interesting details in a dramatic story is the interpretation given by Genesis to all of this drama.  All of these chapters in the life of Joseph can be explained by one fact; God prepared all of this so that Joseph’s family could be cared for by him in Egypt when famine struck their land.

            Joseph’s rejection by his family and subsequent mission of saving this same family gives us a foreshadowing of the life of the “Son of Joseph,” Jesus of Nazareth.  In today’s Gospel narrative Jesus says to His adversaries, “Did you never read in the Scriptures, ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes.’”

            Jesus, rejected, betrayed, and put to death will be raised by the Father and become the “cornerstone,” the foundation on which the Church, the Body of Christ will be built.

            Sisters and brothers, the wisdom found in today’s scripture readings remind us to stay close to God throughout all of the struggles we face in life.  May we too respond like Joseph and Jesus and use our adversity to help others.

Question of the Day:  How will use the blessings of God in your life as you face personal adversity?

Prayer:  “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son; so that everyone who believes in Him might have eternal life.  Amen.”

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