Today’s first reading is so beautiful. Here’s how it starts:
Israel set out with all that was his. When he arrived at Beer-sheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. There God, speaking to Israel in a vision by night, called, “Jacob! Jacob!” He answered, “Here I am.” Then he said: “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you a great nation. Not only will I go down to Egypt with you; I will also bring you back here, after Joseph has closed your eyes.”
Jacob (Israel) must have been rather nervous to leave the Promised Land and go to Egypt in the midst of the famine there. Jacob was old at this time. He probably feared he would never make it, let alone make it back home to the land promised to his grandfather Abraham. Would the land be lost forever? But then God says not to worry, that God will join him on the journey. Jacob finds his son Joseph and they embrace. And then he dies, but God is true to his word. His body returns to the Promised Land. When will we ever learn: calm down and just trust.