“In fact, all the world came to Joseph to obtain rations of grain, for famine had gripped the whole world. The sons of Israel were among those who came to procure rations. It was Joseph, as governor of the country, who dispensed the rations to all the people. When Joseph’s brothers came and knelt down before him with their faces to the ground, he recognized them as soon as he saw them.” (Genesis 41:57; 42:5-6)
Last week we celebrated Independence Day. On the top of my mind are picnics and fireworks. As a child, after enjoying hot dogs, potato salad and beans, we stretched out on a blanket at the Dell Rapids park to watch the sky light up with various patterns of color.
Today’s story from Genesis is no picnic of independence. In fact, Joseph’s brothers have traveled all the way from Israel to Egypt in search of food, only to come before their little brother, whom they thought they had done away with years ago. They dropped to the ground in front of him, begging for enough food to keep them from starving.
Joseph prefigured Jesus. In unifying the human family and in a sense saving us from ourselves, Jesus reminds us that we are dependent on the Holy One for our very Life.
Sr. Ruth Geraets