Go to Joseph

joeimgThe first reading today recounts how Joseph, beloved son of Jacob who had been sold into slavery, becomes the provider. Pharaoh had had an awful dream that foretold of an upcoming seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine. Knowing that folks tend to forget about the idea of possible famine when their plates are full, Pharaoh sends for Joseph to organize a system of saving enough of the fruits of the years of plenty to provide for the years of famine.  Joseph becomes the provider for the whole land of Egypt, and Scripture goes further–the whole world. “In fact, all the world came to Joseph to obtain rations of grain, for famine had gripped the whole world.”  As a side note, the phrase “Go to Joseph” is scripture, Gen. 41:55, and it has come to be applied to St. Joseph, Provider of the Church, which is why Pope Francis places his intentions under a statue of St Joseph each day.  But the whole world is still hungry, but for a different kind of food.  The hunger for love is perhaps the deepest hunger there is. When we have plenty of love, store up some so you have some extra when a famine comes, perhaps even enough to share. And we celebrate that there is never a famine with Jesus Christ, whose heart is always on fire for love of us.