Very familiar passages are offered for us as we approach the seventh Sunday after Epiphany. Those passages include: Genesis 45:3-11, 15, Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40, 1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50, and Luke 6:27-38.

Genesis 45:4-5Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closer to me.” And they came closer. He said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.

Joseph sees his life as a gift of God’s grace and plan. This gives him a phenomenal ability to forgive his brothers and offer them protection from the famine.

Merciful God, help us to be more forgiving to our friends and family. Amen.

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