In this morning's First Reading from the Book of Genesis, we see young Joseph rejected by his brothers, thrown into a cistern and then sold to a caravan of traders headed for Egypt for twenty pieces of silver. Like his forebear Joseph, Jesus our Lord will be rejected by his own, betrayed by a dear friend and sold for a mere thirty pieces of silver. Persevering in love and wisdom as Joseph and trusting in his identity as Beloved of his Father, Jesus will proceed with love to endure his passion and cross "heedless of its shame."
Beloved like him we want to "persevere in running the race that lies before us keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus. For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God."Heb 12 In our own trials we pray that with Jesus we may not grow weary or lose heart.
Photograph by Father Emmanuel.