Sunday 20th February 2022
7th Sunday after Epiphany

Genesis 45:3-11, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:35-38,42-50; Luke 6:27-38; Psalm 37:1-12, 41-42

Today's Old Testament reading offers a short summary of the story of Joseph. This offers a rich source of reflection on the place of faith, life and work. Joseph's destiny as an inheritor of God's promise became inseparable from his role as Egypt's most senior civil servant. God's intervention is not to provide miraculous release from an impending famine, but to provide a prophet who can interpret the Pharaoh's dream and enable an entire economy to be restructured in its light. Joseph's work-life, family relationships, spiritual calling and the economic policies of a nation are completely intertwined. Our circumstances and story might be quite different, but the over-arching vision of this story is one that we should never lose as we look at our world today. What role do we play in our society? What steps can we take to towards God's vision for life and work?