Scripture: 1st Reading: Gen41,55-57;42,5-7,17-24; Resp. Psalm: Ps33,2-3,10-11,18-19; Gosp. Accl.: Mk1,15; Gospel: Mt10,1-7
No power on earth and none in heaven can rewrite or cancel what God has written. No power on earth can put aside the expressed will of command of God. God, the Almighty and Supreme both in heaven, on earth and the entire universe, cannot be contended with. When He decides to bless, no one can curse successfully; when He decides to change the course of anyone's life, no one can stand on the way! That is the simple truth about this awesome God we serve.
Joseph's brothers, the sons of Jacob, thought they could change the eternal decrees, ordinances, plans and purposes of the living God for Joseph's life. They found his dreams uncomfortable and paralyzing. They decided the best thing to do was to sell Joseph as a slave instead of killing him. But the living God was "waiting" for Joseph in Egypt to continue the unfolding of His designs in his life.
He was sold as a slave. The awesome God raised him from nothing to something, from dungeon into greatness, from darkness into light, from obscurity into fame! Joseph was meant to suffer his entire life and die the wretched death of a slave. But that was not the plan of this awesome and awe-inspiring God. From prison, Joseph became governor of entire Egypt, the next in command to the dreaded Pharaoh. By the way, we must not forget that Pharaoh was probably the most powerful king at that time. Joseph became the second most powerful person.
Joseph's elevation was even more poignant: he was not just a governor; he was a "saviour" of sorts. Here was a man on whom laid the burden of feeding an entire nation to keep them from starvation and death. He planned and executed the storage of grains on the strength of his interpretation of Pharaoh's dream so that Egypt could have food supplies during the terrible famine that struck Egypt for seven years. He became the most powerful person in the whole of Egypt!
It was in this position that Joseph saved his own father, kindred and relatives who also had to come to Egypt to buy grains. Joseph immediately recognized his brothers, though they did not recognize him. They bowed to him and did obeisance as to their lord, an action they had intended and hoped to forestall when they sold him. They did not know that no one can contend with God and win.
Every believer must not forget these lessons from the life of Joseph. No one can change the plans of God. When our Lord called the twelve today, He gave them authority over unclean spirits to cast them out and to heal every disease and every infirmity. In the designs of God, not even unclean spirits could contend! They all had to bow to the awesome power of the living and true God, unleashed through the Apostles. This unleashing of divine power was meant to be the "sign" that the kingdom of heaven was at hand.
That power is still ours for the asking even today, right now. This is because He is God, living and true. He has a plan for each and everyone of us: a plan for our advancement, not our failure; for our glorification, not our defeat. This is the God we serve. Let us trust in His power that does not fail.
Let us pray: God of love and mercy, you have a beautiful plan for each of us. We believe no power on earth can destroy the plans you have for us. Listen to our pleas today. Give us courage and patience to hold on to you and your plans for us. Let your word today reassure us that no force on earth can change your will for our lives. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.