Teach us O Lord to do what is right in spite of wrongs that surround us. Thank you for looking after us. Amen.
Today’s reading: Genesis 43-45.
Sometimes people with a track record of bad choices surprise you and do the right thing. That’s what happens in today’s reading, and for the first time in the Bible it leads to real reconciliation between brothers. It also sets Judah and his descendants on a new course.
Joseph’s brothers return to Egypt in need of food, even though it means taking Israel’s beloved son, Benjamin, with them. Joseph’s heart is moved deeply when he sees his younger brother, but he continues to hide his identity as he plants false evidence against his brothers and then threatens to imprison Benjamin. His pretended cruelty is part of a plan to reveal the true character of his brothers, and his plan works. Despite the shortcomings we’ve seen in him up until now, Judah offers himself as a prisoner in place of Benjamin.
“Now then, please let your servant remain…
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