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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Genesis 46, 1-7.28-30

So Israel set out with all his possessions. Arriving at Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.

God spoke to Israel in a vision at night, 'Jacob, Jacob,' he said. 'Here I am,' he replied.

'I am El, God of your father,' he said. 'Do not be afraid of going down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there.

I shall go down to Egypt with you and I myself shall bring you back again, and Joseph's hand will close your eyes.'

So Jacob left Beersheba. Israel's sons conveyed their father Jacob, their little children and their wives in the waggons Pharaoh had sent to fetch him.

Taking their livestock and all that they had acquired in Canaan, they arrived in Egypt -- Jacob and all his offspring.

With him to Egypt, he brought his sons and grandsons, his daughters and granddaughters -- all his offspring.

Israel sent Judah ahead to Joseph, so that Judah might present himself to Joseph in Goshen. When they arrived in Goshen,

Joseph had his chariot made ready and went up to Goshen to meet his father Israel. As soon as he appeared he threw his arms round his neck and for a long time wept on his shoulder.

Israel said to Joseph, 'Now I can die, now that I have seen you in person and seen you still alive.'


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Son of Man came to serve,
whoever wants to be great
should become servant of all.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Joseph’s long story begins with his dreams, which were interpreted with jealousy by his brothers and which lead to violence. It ends with an encounter with Jacob, his father. Jacob, who was in Canaan, decides to see him before dying and sets out for Egypt. He cannot stand to be without him. Jacob brings his entire family with him, because he wants them all to be reconciled with Joseph. His encounter with his son is full of emotion. It allows Jacob to be reconciled to his entire life, so that he can exclaim, “I can die now.” The true aspiration of Jacob, of the people of God, is for no one to be lost. He finds the son who had dreams and understands how God’s blessing came true. The violent, murderous jealousy of the brothers, caused by Jacob’s preference for the “dreamer,” was the fruit of evil and an excuse for comparisons and arguments. For God, everything works towards the good, and the greatest is the one who became a slave for us. Diversity, like Joseph’s dreams, is always for the common good. Joseph prefigures Jesus. We can be reconciled with our brothers and sisters and find what unites us.