God Heals the Brokenhearted
Have you ever gotten into a challenging situation, one which can lead to two very different outcomes: forgiveness or hatred? How do you react in these situation? Do you act out in hatred and grief, or do you learn to forgive and forget ad move past these moments? This is the nature of sin for us to see. Sin is a tear or rupture in our relationship with God, it harms the relationship and leads to grief, unhappiness in life. Sin then brings us away from earthly relationships, harming how we are with other people. However, Jesus helps to repair this relationship through bearing the cross, restoring us to true life with God, through love.
Today's First Reading states: 'When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread; and Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, "Go to Joseph; what he says to you, do." So when the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt. Moreover, all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the earth.Thus the sons of Israel came to buy among the others who came, for the famine was in the land of Canaan. Now Joseph was governor over the land; he it was who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph's brothers came, and bowed themselves before him with their faces to the ground. Joseph saw his brothers, and knew them, but he treated them like strangers and spoke roughly to them. "Where do you come from?" he said. They said, "From the land of Canaan, to buy food." And he put them all together in prison for three days. On the third day Joseph said to them, "Do this and you will live, for I fear God: if you are honest men, let one of your brothers remain confined in your prison, and let the rest go and carry grain for the famine of your households, and bring your youngest brother to me; so your words will be verified, and you shall not die." And they did so. Then they said to one another, "In truth we are guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the distress of his soul, when he besought us and we would not listen; therefore is this distress come upon us." And Reuben answered them, "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." They did not know that Joseph understood them, for there was an interpreter between them. Then he turned away from them and wept; and he returned to them and spoke to them. And he took Simeon from them and bound him before their eyes' (Genesis 41:55-57; 42:5-7, 17-24).
I have always loved the story of Joseph and his brothers because it helps to symbolize the relationship of Christ and the Church, and God. Joseph is angry and hurt by his brothers for sending him away from his family. He tries to cause hurt to them in return. However, in the end, they are reunited with one another. This is what we want in our lives, to always be able to return to God and through Christ, we can always be reunited in love. Take time today to reflect on any of your broken relationships and how God can work in your life to help repair them.
Today's prayer comes from 'CatholicOnline' a prayer to heal relationships:
Dear Lord, I offer you this prayer, to help me with my current relationship situation. Please take away all the pain and hurt in my heart. Fill it with love, joy, patience, and understanding. Bless me and my partner, so that we may never surrender to whatever challenges that come our way. Fill our hearts with love for each other, and may you make each one of us realize each other's worth. Please touch the heart of my partner,fill it with much love for me. Make our complicated relationship become uncomplicated. I seek for your mercy and blessing that you may allow us to spend the rest of our lives with each other. Please make this feeling mutual for both of us. Lead us not into temptations. Guide us wherever we go. Always put us in each other's heart and mind. Thank you Lord for hearing my prayer. I love you. Amen.