Lash Out in Happiness
How often do we lash out instead of taking the time to turn the other cheek and bring about healing instead of hurt? The story of Joseph reminds us that even when we are beaten, sold and completely disowned by those closest to us, God is walking us through every part of life. Joseph goes from being brother, to a slave, working the dirtiest of deeds, being promoted to working with the king and then is reunited with his family again. It is a story of finding oneself through God's help, and finding happiness even when those we hold most dear hurt us.
Have you ever lashed out at those who really just want to help you, those who try to help you become the best of yourself? It could be irritation of the day, drowsiness, hurt feelings. Even if they do nothing to prompt such lashing out, we become the brothers of Joseph. It may not be lashing out to the point of selling our friend, family, into slavery and believing them as dead. However, before we can expect other people to come to us with open hearts, be supportive and try to guide us down the right path (as Joseph did for his brothers), we need to work on ourselves. This means not reacting to anger and hurt by hurting those around us, but by taking that moment to react in love and happiness, talking about the things which bring us down and finding hope and help in our family and in God.
Today's Psalm states: "When he summoned a famine on the land, and broke every staff of bread, he had sent a man ahead of them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave. His feet were hurt with fetters, his neck was put in a collar of iron; until what he had said came to pass the word of the LORD tested him. The king sent and released him, the ruler of the peoples set him free; he made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his possessions" (Psalms 105:16-21). Joseph's feet were hurting and he was tested with so many trials. He stayed true to God in all this time. There was hurting, there was anger. However, Joseph reacted in the right way, sharing the goodness of God with the slaves, and praising God's goodness as he rose up in society. When the time came to meet his brothers again, God gave him the strength to find forgiveness. Let us all this Lent, work on facing life with happiness in times where we want to lash out.
Today's prayer comes from 'Catholic Online', a prayer for overcoming anger and bitterness:
Lord Jesus, there is anger in my heart and I cannot root it out. I know that I should calm down and offer the hurt and disappointment to You but my emotion is running away with me. Help me to overcome this weakness and give me peace of heart as well as mind. Let me learn from this experience and grow into a better human being. Amen.