Day 22: Go to Joseph

Genesis 41:1-32 Joseph’s ability to interpret Pharaoh’s dream with God’s assistance stands in strong contrast to the failure of the pagan magicians and wise men of Egypt to do so. The wonders that God can work are INFINITELY GREATER than any human wisdom or clever deception can accomplish. Moreover, the practice of the occult or black arts is a serious violation of moral law. (CCC 2115-2117)

Ch 41:33-57 Joseph followed up his interpretation of Pharaoh’s dreams by suggesting that he store up grain during the years of plenty in anticipation of the famine. Pharaoh was so impressed that he appointed Joseph to oversee the storage and distribution of grain and made him second in authority over all of Egypt. The signet that Pharaoh gave to Joseph (cf. Gn 38:18) was a sign of great authority to act as his deputy. (CCC 1295)

Ch 42:1-7 Joseph’s earlier dreams of his brothers bowing down to him came true when they came to him, now a governor in Egypt to ask for food.

Ch 42:8-24 Joseph’s actions in accusing his brothers of espionage, imprisoning them for three days, keeping Simeon in custody, and withholding his true identity had a salutary (beneficial) effect: Joseph succeeded in awakening the consciences of those who sought to kill him. In effect, Joseph's ruse brought his brothers to repentance. (CCC 1435, 1439, 1451-1454, 1490, 1492)

Job 33:23-24 Angels are personal spiritual beings created by God to serve him in a variety of ways, one of which is to be messengers to people. (CCC 336)

Ch 34:4 The quest for spiritual and moral perfection will be CHALLENGED ALWAYS by the presence of evil and suffering. (CCC 1732)

Proverbs 4:1-9 Throughout this book we are reminded frequently of the need to heed wisdom derived from fatherly experience. Wisdom ought to be handed down from one generation to the next within the family…(CCC 1666)

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

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

Prayer by Fr. Mike: "Father in Heaven, we thank you for your Word. We thank you for your gift. We thank you for revealing your heart to us as you reveal yourself to us always, constantly, through this journey of this Catholic Bible in a Year. We ask that you continue to lift up our minds and hearts to you as you reveal your mind and your heart to us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen."


More parallel's between Joseph and Jesus. These chapters more so around Joseph's redemption from prison and and Christ's resurrection.