SECOND WEEK OF LENT
Friday, March 17
Mary Catherine James
Senior Associate Director of
Admissions/Transfer Coordinator                                                                           
 

If Only We Could Trust God Like Joseph!

 

"He called for a famine upon the land; He broke the whole staff of bread. He sent a man before them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave. They afflicted his feet with fetters, he himself was laid in irons; until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him. The king sent and released him, the ruler of people, and set him free. He made him lord of his house, and ruler over all his possessions." -Psalm 105:16-21

 

If there is one thing that people know about me, it is that I grew up with FIVE (5) brothers! And I love them all. I can’t imagine if any of them, let alone all of them, tried to kill me! We learn that Joseph’s brothers wanted to kill him, but settled for selling him off. Talk about the ultimate family betrayal! But we never heard Joseph complaining or wavering in his faith. Test after test, he endured twenty long years filled with tragic betrayal, false accusations, and severe disappointments. He was forgotten by those he helped, and there appeared very little hope concerning the future. Joseph passed the tests, and the tests proved the purity of his faith.

 

Sometimes, our test of faith is difficult and painful. We search for signs of how God will send us what we think we need, playing out “if only” scenarios in our minds, and praying that God will arrange our success.

 

"You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good" (Genesis 50:20). Too often, we say that we believe that God is in complete control of all our circumstances, but do we really believe it? Do we accept life as it comes to us without complaining? Sometimes, what appears to be a huge setback is God’s way of testing us and preparing us for what’s ahead.

 

Lord, help us pass our “test.” May the life of Joseph encourage us to learn to trust God, not just in the good times, but especially during the difficult times of our lives. Amen.

 

Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a          Ps 105:16-21            Mt 21:33-43, 45-46