Friday 13 March

Today is Friday 13 March in the second week of Lent.

Bless the Lord, my soul, who leads me into life. The most important thing for me to do now, as I enter into prayer, is to let go for a moment, to let go of my own concerns, my own worries and fears and reluctance, and let myself be led by God, trusting that God, who loves me, will lead me into life.

Today’s reading is from the Book of Genesis.

Today’s reading is the first part of the story of Joseph from the book of Genesis. Imagine you are visiting this family on the day when Jacob (also called Israel) lavishes a special gift on his favourite child, Joseph. What do you notice about the family relationships and dynamics?
With whom do you most identify? The doting parent, the favoured child, or the resentful, jealous siblings? Does anything here resonate with your personal story?

Jacob’s favouritism causes competition and conflict amongst the brothers. The sibling rivalry turns dangerous and leads to Joseph’s separation from his family. But God works in and through these messy human characteristics in extraordinary ways to bring about reconciliation, and an enduring future for this family. Are there relationships in your life that need God’s healing love?

As you listen to the reading again ask the Holy Spirit to bring to mind a person or situation that needs the gift of God’s reconciliation and peace.

In the moments that are left, pray for God’s love to flow through all families, including your own.