They did not recognize Joseph, but he knew who they were. At first, he kept his identity hidden, but then revealed himself to them in an emotional outburst. He wept loudly and embraced them. Since the brothers thought they would now have to pay
for selling him into slavery, Joseph assured them "Do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep you alive…"
How many of us can, like Joseph, look back on difficult times and see them as part of a bigger picture?
Sometimes, things happen in our lives that we would never choose. We may lose a job, a partner, a home. In the sorrow we struggle. When we have gone through the struggle, do we later recognize the grace embedded in it?
During the pandemic, for instance, did we find new ways to stay connected and care for one another? Did we experience fresh longing for the Eucharist? Are we forever grateful for the blessings God has bestowed on us? Have we deepened our ties to family and friends?
And God was with us through it all.
Gracious God, when darkness falls, help us to look for your light!