Today’s Thoughts: In our first reading today Joseph’s says to his brothers, "Have no fear. Can I take the place of God? Even though you meant harm to me, God meant it for good, to achieve his present end, the survival of many people. Therefore, have no fear.
I will provide for you and for your children."
With these words Joseph embraces the spirit of Jesus’ words in the Gospel this morning that he was important to God. God knew everything about him, all the hairs on his head. Joseph knew that God valued him far more than a couple of sparrows. With this understanding, with this knowledge of God Joseph was able to move forward, to volunteer for the journey of a life-time.
Perhaps the challenge of our scriptures today is to look at our own life, to acknowledge our own sinfulness and to trust in the presence, the care and the love of God all the while moving forward, to volunteer for the journey of a life time with God.
Yes, there is an evil one lurking out there ready to claim our body and soul but we must trust in God’s care, concern and love to guide us through the challenges and the struggles that come our way. We need to trust that we, like Joseph, are important to God.
As we journey through this day let is ask God for the strength to believe more deeply in God’s love for us so that we can live more peacefully in God’s presence around us!
Have a great Saturday everyone!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
Just a few thoughts to help you on your journey through life...let me know from time to time what you think...