Lectionary Scriptures and Comments

Het graan wordt over gelijke zakken verdeeld. ...

Het graan wordt over gelijke zakken verdeeld. Miniatuur in de Biblia figurata, gemaakt voor Raphaël de Mercatellis, Gent (?), eind 15e eeuw. Gent, Kathedraal, Ms. 10, fol. 74 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

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SIGHT.  What a precious thing it is to see.  On the surface, it’s an amazing gift to look into the eyes of our loved ones & have visual memory of them that we can carry with us wherever we go.  Yet there is another level of sight that we often neglect or disregard.   To really see beyond the obvious… to see the hand of God in our lives and in our communities’ circumstances.  Isn’t this what Joseph reveals to his brothers when he tells them who he is and what God has done?  His brothers could not respond to him because they were still looking at Joseph with eyes who see only within the three physical dimensions, but there was a story Joseph began to share that develops a new dimension of their reality when Joseph says, “Behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth which is speaking to you.”  Here I imagine is the sight that goes beyond what they initially judged upon seeing the ruler of Egypt… in other words he says, stop simply seeing… LOOK at what God had done.  And he tells his brothers, tell my father what you “see.”

 

The psalmist tell us, “For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.” We are directed to seek God, the Great Light around us.  It is with gazing upon this light that we see truly what is.  We see the truth, we see the life, we see the light that is available to us and God’s hand is revealed.

 

SIGHT… you agree with me; it’s a precious thing.  Don’t waste it on seeing what you’ve been told to look for in others and in your surroundings.  STOP and see the story that is unfolding and ask to see what is not right present in front of you but the magic of God’s work actively transforming and moving mountains as you are still, waiting for your eyes slowly to be opened.  Ask for greater sight & you will receive it.

 

About Our Guest Blogger This Week, Janet Trevino-Elizarraraz

 

If she’s not mediating the fights of her four children 7 and under or washing dishes constantly most of the day, Janet spends her time envisioning, organizing, and calling her local “tribe” into more deeply connecting themselves to their inward self, to the Earth, and to the invisible, powerful Presence that surrounds us.

 

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Psalm 36

 

Genesis 45:1-15

 

Acts 7:9-16

 

Psalm 36

 

1Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in their hearts; there is no fear of God before their eyes.

 

2For they flatter themselves in their own eyes that their iniquity cannot be found out and hated.

 

3The words of their mouths are mischief and deceit; they have ceased to act wisely and do good.

 

4They plot mischief while on their beds; they are set on a way that is not good; they do not reject evil.

 

5Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.

 

6Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgments are like the great deep; you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.

 

7How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

 

8They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.

 

9For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

 

10O continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your salvation to the upright of heart!

 

11Do not let the foot of the arrogant tread on me, or the hand of the wicked drive me away.

 

12There the evildoers lie prostrate; they are thrust down, unable to rise.

 

Genesis 45:1-15

 

45Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, “Send everyone away from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. 3Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence. 4Then 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. 5And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. 8So it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. 10You shall settle in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, as well as your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. 11I will provide for you there—since there are five more years of famine to come—so that you and your household, and all that you have, will not come to poverty.’ 12And now your eyes and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see that it is my own mouth that speaks to you. 13You must tell my father how greatly I am honored in Egypt, and all that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here.” 14Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, while Benjamin wept upon his neck. 15And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.

 

Acts 7:9-16

 

9“The patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him, 10and rescued him from all his afflictions, and enabled him to win favor and to show wisdom when he stood before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who appointed him ruler over Egypt and over all his household. 11Now there came a famine throughout Egypt and Canaan, and great suffering, and our ancestors could find no food. 12But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our ancestors there on their first visit. 13On the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph’s family became known to Pharaoh. 14Then Joseph sent and invited his father Jacob and all his relatives to come to him, seventy-five in all; 15so Jacob went down to Egypt. He himself died there as well as our ancestors, 16and their bodies were brought back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a sum of silver from the sons of Hamor in Shechem.

 

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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