Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

Year A Readings:

  • Genesis 45:1-15
  • Psalm 133
  • Romans 11:1-2, 29-32
  • Matthew 15:21-28

On Slavery

Joseph, the son of Jacob, was sold
into slavery by his jealous kin
to merchants passing through. Eventually,
he belonged to the captain of Pharaoh’s guard.
Summoned to interpret Pharaoh’s dream,
Joseph became Egypt’s vizier
when he predicted seven long years
of abundance followed by seven of lean.
He suffered in slavery, thanks to his brothers,
then rose in Egypt to privilege and power;
and yet in Egypt’s darkest hour
he had no problem enslaving others
including his own people, the Israelites,
for the next four hundred years.
During the seven famine years,
he took the people’s money, their livestock,
and even their land in exchange for food.
Joseph “enslaved the Egyptian people
from one end of Egypt to the other.”
All Egyptians were rendered equal.
It was a slave state like no other
as the people forfeited freedom for food.

August 16, 2020

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