For these daily reflections I always double-check that I am posting the right reflection based on the right gospel on the right day. On Wednesday night I triple-checked Thursday morning’s reflection and confident that all was in order I uploaded it ready for the early morning auto-email to readers.
At Mass yesterday morning when the lector began to read the scriptures I realised that I had mixed the days up and yesterday’s reflection on shaking the dust was not based on the gospel of the day. I’m not sure how, but it was prepared for another gospel.
Just one of my many mistakes yesterday. Thanks to those of you who gently pointed out my error.
The scriptures are full of people making mistakes. Today’s first reading begins the great saga of Joseph (remember the amazing technicolour dreamcoat).
This section of Genesis tells of Joseph’s (step)-brothers wanting to get rid of their father’s favourite son and selling him to slavery in Egypt. The account that follows is one of the greatest tales of human history, a story that children love and adults find liberating: from famine Joseph’s father Jacob sending his sons down to Egypt to find food, Joseph reuniting with his brothers and the group of them setting up home in Egypt, then becoming unpopular because a new Pharoah (who did not know Joseph) feared that these Israelites were overtaking the country, Moses leading the people from captivity (after plagues) across the desert, through the parted Red Sea, Ten Commandments, to arrival in the Jerusalem land of milk and honey. That’s the short version journey that .
In fact the whole of the scriptures is about human error and God’s loving response. That’s good news for people like me, to be reminded that God uses my mistakes to write straight with the crooked lines of my life. The things that we might label errors or slip-up’s are often used by God for God’s purposes.
As Jesus reminds his listeners quoting the scriptures in today’s gospel:
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
by the Lord has this been done,
and it is wonderful in our eyes.
If you have children or grandchildren or Godchildren you might like to watch this video of the Joseph story with them: