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July 8 - Psalm 105

Fr. Michael MachacekNativity of Our LordJuly 8, 2021

today's other readings are Genesis 44, 45 and Mt. 10: 7 -15

Our psalm today recalls part of the the story of Joseph, whose story is found starting with Genesis chapter 37.  

The psalm recalls the glories of God as witnessed in the events of Joseph, who had been sold into slavery by the other sons of his father Jacob.  The psalmist is very clear how the hand of God is fundamental in the events that unfold, starting with Joseph's slavery, his time spent in jail after refusing to be blackmailed by the wife of his master and the famine that would befall upon much of the world.  

Joseph has a massive role to play in these events, but rises to the position as the right hand of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt.  With all the tragedies and glories that come Joseph's way, according to the psalmist, all the glory goes to God, as witnessed in our response, "Remember the glories the Lord has done".  

The simple but firm faith of our psalmist should teach us and inspire us with a few basic thoughts: 1) that god is very much present in the unfolding stories of our lives; and 2) any accolades that come our way are only because of the goodness and kindness of our God.  

P.S. above is a Byzantine icon of Joseph - you will notice he is referred to as a saint, a common practice in the Byzantine churches, as they often refer to the great patriarchs and prophets of the Old Testament as saints.