Day 19: Joseph and his Brothers

Genesis 37:1-36 Jacob’s favoritism toward Joseph, represented by the multicolored robe, stirred up jealousy in his brothers. The sequence of events echoes the similar situation regarding Cain and Abel. Joseph’s brothers’ resentment turned to jealousy and hatred, and finally they took drastic and violent measures to get rid of him. As in the case of Cain, this is an illustration of how  nurting an evil interior disposition (ENVY) can lead to a more gravely evil act (MURDER). Shed no blood: Only Reuben and Judah protected Joseph from death; only because of their interventions did Joseph survive and end up in Egypt. (CCC 2538-2540)

Job 27:1-23 Job called upon God in an oath to witness to his innocence just as he had indicated earlier. Being innocent, he attributed his misfortune to God rather than on account of his sins. Job understood the idea of atonement for sin but saw that it did not apply in his own case. An oath is the act of calling upon God as a witness to verify the truth of what is being said or claimed; for this reason, an oath must be taken only for a serious reason and only when a person’s own word is not sufficient. (CCC 2150-2155)

Job 28:1-28 The greatest gift a person can attain is WISDOM, which serves as a  guiding light for a proper vision of human life and the actions that ultimately lead to a relationship with God. Wisdom is acquired by the habitual desire to discern God’s will in the circumstances of daily life. The exercise of humility, justice, and piety reflect a strong presence of wisdom. Fidelity to moral law leads to a deepening of wisdom since natural law is an expression of God’s eternal wisdom. (CCC 216, 295, 299, 1950, 1954, 1978-1986)

Proverbs 3:21-35 Performing virtuous actions consistently reflects the habitual presence of wisdom and prudence, and the ongoing quest to choose good acts prompts a person to grow in these virtues. (CCC 1806)

(*The Didache Bible RSV-CE Ignatius Edition, 2006)

Key Event 13: Joseph is Sold into Slavery (Genesis 37:12-36)  

Joseph, the eleventh and favorite son of Jacob (Israel), falls victim to the ire of his older brothers, who sell him into slavery in Egypt. Falsely accused, Joseph is imprisoned, only to rise to power through his ability to interpret dreams. Through him, God’s providence saves many people from famine - even his own brothers.

(*Walking With God: A Journey Through the Bible by Tim Gray and Jeff Cavins)

Prayer by Fr. Mike: "God, you are good and we give you praise. Thank you so much for your Word. We ask that you please send your Holy Spirit to enliven our minds, to enliven our hearts as we belong to you more and more this day and every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen."


A lot of similarities between Joseph and Christ already. What I find particularly interesting is up front the brothers mirror the Sanhedrin that conspired against Jesus. At the end of Joseph’s story, the same brothers will come to prefigure the Twelve Apostles.