Wednesday of the 14th week in the ordinary time of the year A

Gen. 41:55-57; 42:5-7a. 17-24a    Mat. 10:1-7

Theme: Be mindful of your actions

In the 1st reading of today from the Book of Genesis, we are presented with the story of Joseph and his brothers. Out of jealousy they sold their brother into slavery, without knowing that they were simply fulfilling God’s plan in his life. Interestingly, God has blessed Joseph and there is famine in Egypt and Joseph oversaw the food distribution. The dream he had and told his brothers that they would bow to him, that got them angry and jealous, was fulfilled in today’s 1st reading. The story of Joseph and his brothers is saying a lot to all of us as children of God. We live in a small world, and no one can fight what God has destined for each one of us, at the fulness of time it will be fulfilled. This is exactly what we see today in the case of Joseph and his brothers, after their conversation with Joseph we see regrets because of the action they carried out against their brother Joseph, without knowing that they were with him.

It is important that we should be always mindful of our actions, lest we unknowingly begin to fight against the plans of God in another’s life, this is exactly the situation that the brothers of Joseph have just found themselves, though it has not yet donned on them. One thing we must always know is that God has plans for each one of us, and his plans for us is good not evil. Try to support the plans of God in the lives of other people, there is no need for envy and hatred, because you will simply be fighting against God, and you can never come out victorious. This is the exact situation of the brothers of Joseph today, you will end up loosing the fight. Let us try to support the good and success stories of others, instead of being a stumbling block to their success. Fighting the success of another person will never increase your own success, especially when God is involved.

Most times such selfish and wicked actions, will end in regrets and it is already too late, because the harm is done already. This is the scenario that plays out in the 1st reading of today. Always remember that we serve a God who has plans that are good for everyone of us. Be part of people’s story and God will also give you people who will support your success story. Never be among those who fight the good in another person’s life. Remember that God is still on the throne, and he has power to do whatever he wills, and no one can stop him. May the Lord bless his words in our lives, in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.


Monday of the 14th week in the ordinary time of the year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp