July 11, St. Benedict
Remember the marvels the Lord has done. — Psalm 105:5
Mass Readings: Genesis 44:18-21,23b-29;45:1-5 Matthew 10:7-15
Equal of Pharaoh
Hidden within the stories of the Bible are fascinating little tidbits of information. Today’s first reading contains one such gem. Joseph’s brothers call him “the equal of Pharaoh.” I had long studied ancient Egypt, but it wasn’t until I stood at the Great Pyramid at Giza, that I understood just how much power was concentrated in the person of the Pharaoh. This leader was more than just a king; he was the supreme temporal and religious ruler, as well as being god on earth.
When you consider how much clout he had, calling a foreigner like Joseph his equal is nothing short of astonishing. It’s times like this that I realize Scripture isn’t just stories to tell children, but historical documents with profound insights into both human history and God’s intervention into that history.
Prayer: Dear lord, bring Your words of Scripture to life in my life.
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