Scripture Reading: Genesis 41:44-49
Our Scriptural reading says, “Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain; … it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.” Dear Friends in Christ, this is not just a story about smart economics, or creating an enormous “rainy day” fund for the time when rains would be scarce for seven years. This is a revelation about the abundant love of God, immense and free. This account is a picture that points to the infinite love at the very core of God’s heart, revealed to us ultimately in Jesus. In Ephesians 3:18-19 we find a prayer asking that Christians may have the power “to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge.” Joseph’s immeasurable stockpiles of grains picture for us a tiny part of God’s amazing, infinite love and care.
A measureless supply, prepared in advance for the benefit of many people who would be affected by famine, including Joseph’s family, and among them his enemy brothers—this is also a picture of God’s boundless love stored up in advance for us while we were still his enemies. (Rms. 5:10) In the meantime, also reflecting God’s goodness, Joseph’s heart was a warehouse of overflowing love, waiting to be reconciled with his brothers and united with his family again. This exemplifies God in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible.
Jesus told us to imitate God when He said, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (Lk. 6:36) He went even further when He commanded, “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matt. 5:48)” In Eph. 5:1-2, Paul says, “As God’s beloved children, we are to imitate Him in loving one another, just as Christ sacrificially loved us.” To imitate God is comprehensive. It includes speaking the truth, because He is the God of truth. It includes being faithful in our dealings with others, because He is a faithful God. It includes being holy in all our behavior, because He is holy. Paul in the wisdom of the Holy Spirit summed all these in the very important virtue – LOVE. He says, “And walk in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave Himself up for us…” (Eph. 5:2) To be like God, we must walk in love. Christ is the supreme example of love, abundant love; love that has no boundary of tribe, race, colour, background, or offence. Imitate Him!!
MASS: GREEN/WHITE Gen. 44:18-21.23b-29; 45:1-5; Ps. 105:16-17.18-19.20-21(R.5a); Accl. Mk 1:15; Matt. 10:7-15 ST. HENRY, Mm. (Opt Mem)
Prayer Points
Thank God for His word today.
Ask for forgiveness for the times you have failed to show love to those who hurt you.
O God, thank You for the stockpiles of grace and love You have in store. Help me to reflect Your love in all that I do. In Jesus. Amen.
Take the prayer, “For a Merciful Heart”, in the divine mercy prayer.
Exercise: Pray the Divine Mercy Rosary, today.
Meditation: John 13:34