Read Genesis 41:55-57.42:5-7.17-24, Psalm 33 and Matthew 10:1-7 

“Did I not tell you not to sin against the lad? But you would not listen. So now there comes a reckoning for his blood.” (Genesis 42:21) 

It was Sir Isaac Newton that said: “To every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” In other words, it is how you lay your bed that you lie on it. When Joseph’s brothers were being wicked to him, they felt they could cut short his dreams but unknown to them, they were indirectly making those dreams a reality.

It was fun for Joseph’s brothers when they sat down to eat the food Joseph brought for them while they watched him being led into slavery in tears. It is also fun for us when we engage in sinful acts sometimes but there surely comes a day of reckoning. Dear friends, wickedness does not pay.

Joseph was just a child when he suffered betrayal from his brothers. The worst acts of man’s inhumanity to man today are evils meted out against children. Think of the millions of children whose lives are destroyed through abortion, child abuse, sexual assault, neglect, forced labour, and even prostitution.

Dear friends, if there is any lesson we must take home today, it is: “Be good to children.” Help these little ones, help them achieve their dreams. The same Joseph that was considered unnecessary by his brothers became Governor of Egypt. The same Joseph that was sold off by his brothers is the one about whom Pharaoh said: “Go to Joseph, do whatever he tells you.” Learn to treat your assistants, your subordinates, your employees, and those beneath your rank with love and respect. You never know what God has planned for their future.

The evil we do lives with us. Think about this. That child you rejected from pregnancy and decided to abort may just be the helper God prepared for you. That child you refused to feed, molested, assaulted, and used as a work machine while your own children were being pampered and overfed, may become your life-saver tomorrow.

If the evil we do live with us, then know that the good we do also lives with us. The good things you do or the help you render to the helpless today would surely bless you tomorrow. It is never too late to make amends. Ruben said to his brothers: “Did I not tell you not to sin against the lad?” Of course, he told them but why did he refuse to take action? Why did he hide the matter from their father? It is not enough that we speak out when we see evil; we must do whatever is within our power to stop evil.

In the Gospel passage, Jesus, having noted that the harvest is rich and the labourers are few, empowers his disciples for the work of God by giving them authority over unclean spirits and sicknesses.

Matthew mentions the names of the twelve, he also adds that among them was Judas Iscariot who eventually betrayed Jesus (just as Joseph’s brothers betrayed him by selling him off to slavery). Jesus knew what Judas Iscariot was capable of this sin, Jesus knew he had personal weaknesses (such as greed, dishonesty, and stealing) but Jesus still ordained Judas. We may not be perfect but so long as we may ourselves available to God, He can use us like a potter who makes beautiful clay pots from broken pieces.

Judas had so many opportunities to repent but he remained adamant. His evil deeds caught up with him in the end. If you do not repent, the evil you do today will hunt you tomorrow.

Let us pray: Lord Jesus, give me wisdom to always weigh the consequences of my thoughts, words, and deeds. Amen.

Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Wednesday of week 14 in Ordinary Time. Bible Study: Genesis 41:55-57.42:5-7.17-24, Psalm 33 and Matthew 10:1-7).