Old Testament: Genesis 41:46-57
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 4:8-21
Psalms: 56, 57, 58,64, 65
Gospel: Mark 3:7-19a
The reading that kept pulling me back for another look comes from Genesis (41: 46-57). This section really spoke to me about stewardship (and here at St. Matthew’s, stewardship, in its many forms, is very much upfront) and how, through God’s guidance, Joseph was able to be a great steward of the gift of grain. He was only in his 30’s, yet he was able to save enough during the seven years of plenty that the seven years of famine were not an issue. Egypt prospered.
The more I thought about Joseph and what he accomplished during his trials and tribulations, while only in his 30’s, the more I reflected on my own life.
When I reached my 30’s things started to change and to fall into place for me – life made sense. Most of that was because of life lessons – I finally had the experiences I needed to make better decisions.
It was also in my 30’s that I started making better choices in my faith. In my heart and soul, I always believed in God and knew there was right and wrong, good and bad. I hope, that I as continue to grow older, I will find that I am reflecting and praying on more and more of my everyday decisions. St Matthew’s has helped me on this journey. The open and visible reflections on faith and love displayed here make it easier for me to think about my choices and how I want to live my life.
One final thought about this section of Genesis. Joseph fathered two sons. The first, he named Manasseh, which means: “For God made me forget all my toil and all my father’s house.” The second he named Ephraim, which means: “For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.” WOW! Think about it. He named his children to continually remind him of God’s glory! In spite of his trials and tribulations, Joseph was thankful for getting through difficult times and grateful for a good life.
This is what I want to remember and reflect about during Lent and the rest of the year.