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Old 28th July 2017, 06:37 PM
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[Genesis 45]
{45:1} Joseph was unable to restrain himself any longer, standing before so many. Therefore, he instructed that all should go outside, and that no stranger should be among them as they recognized one another.
{45:2} And he lifted up his voice with weeping, which the Egyptians heard, along with the entire house of Pharaoh.
{45:3} And he said to his brothers: “I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?” His brothers were unable to respond, being terrified by a very great fear.

They were terrified that the brother who they sold and gave up for "dead" was not only alive, but a great leader in the prosperous land of Egypt.

{45:4} And he said to them mildly, “Approach toward me.” And when they had approached close by, he said: “I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into Egypt.
{45:5} Do not be afraid, and let it not seem to you to be a hardship that you sold me into these regions. For God sent me before you into Egypt for your salvation.

Likewise, “Peace be with you. It is I. Do not be afraid.” are the words of Jesus after His resurrection (Luke 24:36) (John 20:19) to His terrified and amazed Apostles who abandoned Him and now recognize Him that truly He is the Lord.
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{45:6} For it is two years since the famine began to be upon the land, and five years more remain, in which there can be neither plowing, nor reaping.
{45:7} And God sent me ahead, so that you may be preserved upon the earth, and so that you would be able to have food in order to live.
{45:8} I was sent here, not by your counsel, but by the will of God. He has caused me to be like a father to Pharaoh, and to be the lord of his entire house, as well as governor throughout all the land of Egypt.

It was by the Goodness, Providence of God, that Joseph became leader in Egypt, otherwise he could have ended up with a less fortunate fate.

{45:9} Hurry, and go up to my father, and say to him: ‘Your son Joseph commands this: God has caused me to be lord of the entire land of Egypt. Come down to me, do not delay,
{45:10} and you will live in the land of Goshen. And you will be next to me, you and your sons and the sons of your sons, your sheep and your herds, and all that you possess.
{45:11} And there I will pasture you, (for there are still five years of famine remaining) lest both you and your house perish, along with all that you possess.’
{45:12} Behold, your eyes and the eyes of my brother Benjamin can see that it is my mouth speaking to you.
{45:13} You will report to my father about all my glory, and about all that you have seen in Egypt. Hurry, and bring him to me.”

Notice the significance of Joseph telling his brothers to go to his poor old father Jacob to tell them the "good news" that he is not only alive but about his glory in Egypt!, to leave that poor land of famine and to come to the land where Joseph is, so that he will live! The story sounds familiar? of course!, this is a foreshadow of the resurrected Christ telling His brothers (the Apostles) to go and announce the Good News!

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{28:10} Then Jesus said to them: “Do not be afraid. Go, announce it to my brothers, so that they may go to Galilee. There they shall see me.”

{28:19} Therefore, go forth and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,



{45:14} And then falling upon the neck of his brother Benjamin, he embraced him and wept. And likewise, Benjamin wept at the same time on his neck.

The final destination that we are called to go, is the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, Heaven, where there is no more sadness or unfortunate events, is the eternal joy and happiness where God Himself will "wipe away every tear from their eyes" (Revelation 21:4).
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{45:15} And Joseph kissed all his brothers, and he cried over each one. After this, they were emboldened to speak to him.
{45:16} And it was overheard, and the news spread by word throughout the king’s court. The brothers of Joseph had arrived, and Pharaoh was gladdened along with all his family.

Good news spread out quickly, so was with the Gospel.

{45:17} And he told Joseph that he should command his brothers, saying: “ ‘Burden your beasts, and go into the land of Canaan,
{45:18} and take from there your father and kindred, and come to me. And I will give you all the good things of Egypt, so that you may eat from the marrow of the land.’ ”

We too are invited to the Great Feast with the Lord by following His example of Love.

{45:19} “And you may even instruct that they take wagons from the land of Egypt, in order to transport their little ones as well as their wives. And say: ‘Take your father, and come quickly, as soon as possible.
{45:20} You need not give up anything from your household, for all the riches of Egypt will be yours.’ ”
{45:21} And the sons of Israel did just as they were commanded. And Joseph gave them wagons, according to the command of Pharaoh, and provisions for the journey.

The sons of Israel did "just as were commanded", so they lived. When someone gives us instructions in order to live, or to escape from certain death, it's for our own benefit, so it is obvious that we need to follow them, otherwise we die. Similarly, the Commandments of the Lord through His Church are there to give us life, to make us free, to lead us to a final destination that will make us happy. We have a Good Father and a good Mother, His Church (our Church is also considered our Mother).

{45:22} Likewise, he ordered two robes for each of them to be brought. Yet truly, to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver along with five of the best robes.
{45:23} And he sent just as much money and clothing to his father, adding also ten male donkeys, with which to transport all the riches of Egypt, and as many female donkeys, carrying wheat and bread for the journey.
{45:24} Thus he sent away his brothers, and as they set out he said, “Do not become angry on the way.”
{45:25} And they ascended out of Egypt, and they arrived in the land of Canaan, to their father Jacob.
{45:26} And they reported to him, saying: “Your son Joseph is alive, and he is ruler throughout all the land of Egypt. When Jacob heard this, he was stirred up, as if from a deep sleep, yet he did not believe them.
{45:27} To the contrary, they explained the entire matter in order. And when he had seen the wagons, and all that he had sent, his spirit revived,
{45:28} and he said: “It is enough for me, if my son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”

When a father or mother receives the good news that his or her beloved son thought to be death is alive at some particular place, the father or mother is not going to sit there and do nothing, they immediately are going to make everything possible to meet his or her son. Such shall be our relationship with God, making all possible to meet Him, and the way to do so is taught by His Church, by following Her teachings with heart and mind.
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