Then 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. And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither ploughing nor harvest. God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors.' (Genesis 45:4-7)
For many of us, we will never know firsthand what it takes for someone to announce to the world that s/he is different than society has told us to be, to announce to family, friends and colleagues who s/he really is, in the face of many obstacles, discrimination, and even hatred. May God bless and strengthen our dear brothers and sisters in Christ who have walked this road or are contemplating doing so.
What we can all know, however, is what Joseph teaches us today, that we are called to reveal ourselves as the sons and daughters of God that we are, fully reconciled with our brothers and sisters, loving, patient and trusting in where God has placed us. How many of us hide or bury our identity in Christ because it is inconvenient, a nuisance, or just plain hard? Christ has called us not only to love our neighbors, but also to love our enemies, those who would betray us, discriminate against us or even hate us. If we were to all ‘come out’ as God’s children, fully reconciled in love to all people, what a mighty force for good in our world we could be!
Oh great, mysterious God of creation and love, grant us the ability to reveal ourselves for who we are, living into our identity as God’s children. Grant us your strength as we become vulnerable and fearless in our love to all people, in every circumstan
David Vassar — Spanish, Music, Family