Joseph looked up and saw his brother Benjamin, his own mother’s son, and he said, “Is this your youngest brother whom you told me about? God be gracious to you, my son.” Joseph’s feelings for his brother were so strong he was about to weep, so he rushed to another room and wept there.
All these episodes of Joseph and his brothers are exciting, with lots of mystery and surprise. It’s all about how the brothers of Joseph who sold him to slavery in Egypt, have had to come back to Egypt to get food, for their own land was having a famine—no food. After being sold into slavery, Joseph became so admired that he was put into a high position in Egypt. He wore different clothes, had his haircut different, as well as other features that made it hard for his brothers to recognize him when they saw him. Today’s episode is the story of their eating together, but Joseph still not telling them who he is. In the coming weeks we find out what happens…unless you want to just read before and after this reading and get the whole story at once. It’s a beautiful one that teaches us about God bringing about justice and fairness and love in God’s own timing.
Joseph the Patriarch and Joseph the foster father of Jesus…some similarities!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Clearing the way for loving
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…