AM Psalm 119:49-72; PM Psalm 49, 
Genesis 37:25-36; 1 Corinthians 2:1-13; Mark 1:29-45
When some Midianite traders passed by, they drew Joseph up, lifting him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.
– Genesis 37:28
Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. [Jesus] came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
– Mark 1:30-31
Our Old Testament and Gospel lessons for today reflect on the lives of Joseph from the Book of Genesis and Jesus the Christ. Joseph was sold into slavery by his fearful, jealous brothers, then rose to become the second most powerful person in Egypt. Today’s lesson from Mark tell us of healings by Jesus, the Son of God, who came to love and care for those in need and to show the world the way of God. Both Joseph and Jesus lived faithful, spiritual lives, committed to do the work God had given them to do in service to their people.
Lent is a time to pause, analyze our priorities, stretch our boundaries; a time to strengthen our faith. Sometimes I find myself wondering what it is I am meant to do. I know I can’t do everything, even though sometimes I want to.
In the tradition of Joseph and Jesus, let’s hold out our hands and walk with them this Lenten season, not in fasting from a food or a bad habit, but rather in giving of ourselves to help others have a better life. By using kind words, by opening a door for someone, by helping someone carry a heavy load, by volunteering for one of St. Paul’s wonderful ministries like the St. Anne’s Guild or the Chancel Guild, or a local community organization … let us do the work God has given us to do.
- Reflection and photo by Shirley J. Susich