crooked lines

Today’s first reading begins the great saga of Joseph (remember the amazing technicolour dreamcoat).

This section of the book of Genesis tells of Joseph’s brothers wanting to get rid of their father’s favourite son and selling him to passing slave-traders who sell him on when they arrive in Egypt.

The account that follows is one of the greatest tales of human history, a story that children love and adults find liberating since it is a journey from captivity to freedom.

This saga continues with a famine prompting Jacob to send his sons (Joseph’s brothers) 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 breeding so prolifically that they were overtaking the country then Moses leading the people from captivity (after plagues) across the desert through the parted Red Sea receiving Ten Commandments to arrival in the Jerusalem land of milk and honey.

That’s the short version journey of the story leaving out the commas to save time.

The whole of the scriptures is about human error and God’s loving response. God turns a tragic human event (brothers selling one of their own into slavery) into a gift. 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 (if I am co-operative) for God’s purposes.

I’ve heard this described as God’s delight in writing straight with the crooked lines of our lives.

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.

An Invitation:

  • Take half an hour in the next day or two to watch this great animation (below) of the Joseph story with children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, godchildren or the children you teach. I guarantee you also will learn a lot about the power that God.
  • We can easily believe that God worked these great miracles with those who lived in the days of Joseph. The fact is that in Jesus God is waiting to be asked to work miracles in your life today. NOTE this is a much better offer than getting three free wishes from a magician! SO ASK GOD NOW AND OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS FOR THE MIRACLE THAT YOU NEED IN YOUR LIFE. Then wait in expectant hope for the evidence that God has heard your prayer.
8 Responses to "crooked lines"
  1. Lovely reflection, John. On my own my mistakes cab feel like failure.With God they become profound teachings.

  2. Thank you very much Fr John for your invaluable message. There is so much solace, hope, encouragement and inspiration in knowing that the Lord “writes straight with the ‘crooked lines’ in our lives.”. Praise be to God.

    With warm regards
    Muna

  3. I am reflecting on the crooked lines imagery and the recent Ben Zander TED talk video posted on FFF. I was particularly taken by the example of young children playing music and how the music began to flow as year by year they entered the rhythm of the piece. Our lives are much like that: even if we have the score our playing is often a series of disconnected notes, and sometimes even discordant notes, but as we persevere ( in faith) they can grow into a beautiful piece of music at which point the music becomes so much more than a collection of notes.

  4. Mistakes in life is a great opportunity to grow more in wisdom and more in learnings about the Mercy of God Gods love and Gods forgiveness. What a beautiful reflection on the forces of being fully human and the Power of Divine in us.

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