Today’s readings reveal the power of God’s love in the world. Joseph’s brothers didn’t realize they were, in fact, in the presence of the “dreamer” they had sold into slavery. But his forgiveness of them shows that God’s love and providence overcome even the most grievous of sins. Jesus sends his apostles out to preach, but without any of the things that one might think necessary: “Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick.” In this way, the apostles learned that, against all odds, the Gospel, the preaching of God’s love in the world, would bear fruit no matter what was lacking.
In our work and living and family life today, may we all look for opportunities to let God be God and show his love where he wants to. Then we may look back one day and remark as the Psalmist did this morning: “Remember the marvels the Lord has done!”