I entrust my life to you

Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons Have you ever considered the similarities between the patriarch Joseph and Jesus?   They’re uncanny, really.   Both were beloved by their father.   Yet both were betrayed by those closest to them.   Both were stripped of their robes, and both were sold for pieces of silver.   Finally, both were miraculously raised from a pit so that God could rescue his people. The way that Joseph and Jesus’ stories...

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Holy Spirit refresh my heart

He is like a tree planted near running water This psalm can seem abstract and overly spiritual to us at first glance.   How exactly can a man be like a tree?   And how are we supposed to be “planted near running water”?   Bible scholars would say the psalmist uses this image because, like trees, we need a “water source” in order to thrive and bear fruit.   And this source is the Holy Spirit, who is often compared to living water. The image...

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You shall be your servant

Whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant Recently, a group of women began getting together to pray for their college-aged children.   Things were going pretty well at the first gathering until one of the women inadvertently shifted the focus.   Rather than stating only what she wanted prayer for, this mom added a few sentences about all that her child had accomplished.   In their minds, the other women began to compare their...

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A righteous man

He was a righteous man That’s how we often think of St. Joseph, isn’t it?   The righteous man who did not want to expose Mary—his pregnant spouse—to the shame of public scandal and punishment.   According to Jewish betrothal customs, he and Mary were considered to be married already, but he had not yet brought her to live with him in his home.   That made her pregnancy problematic, to say the least. So he took the righteous demand of the Law...

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Be merciful

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful A young veterinarian was visiting a farm out in the country.   He tried out a new treatment on a cow, and to his horror, the cow died a few days later.   The farmer could have sued him and ruined his reputation in the farming community, but he didn’t.   He never even brought it up again.   The young vet was so struck by his behavior that throughout his life, whenever someone wronged him, he thought...

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Fix our eyes to Heaven

Look up All three readings today urge us to do one thing: fix our eyes on heaven.   In the first reading(Genesis 15:5), God told Abraham to look at the night sky.   “Count the stars, if you can. Just so . . . shall your descendants be,” he promised (Genesis 15:5).   Abraham, who was already advanced in years and childless, would somehow become the father of many nations. In the second reading, St. Paul reminds us that “our citizenship is in...

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