Joseph is a God-fearing and faithful man and this is recognised by his master Potiphar (Pharaoh’s Captain) who puts him in charge of everything. Joseph is very successful until one day he is falsely accused and imprisoned. But even there his righteousness is recognised and he is placed in charge.
Whilst still in prison, in the power of God which he is the first to acknowledge, he starts to interpret the dreams of the inmates. His predictions come true and this is brought to the notice of Pharaoh who has had some troubling dreams.
Joseph responds by saying it is beyond his power to interpret dreams, but that it is within God’s power to do so. In spite of his situation, he is faithful to God and is prepared to help others.
Because he listens.
Jesus preaches on this very subject through the parable of the sower. Some hear but don’t understand; others hear but they soon forget once they face any kind of persecution; still others hear but are then overtaken by the cares and worries of everyday life. There is one group that truly hears, they take God’s word into their hearts and respond to it in spite of all the other distractions in life.
We need to take advantage of those moments of silence where we have an opportunity to listen for God. Too often, these occasions are lost! As we enter into Church for Mass we should be silent but all too often this time of preparation is disturbed by needless chatter. When the final hymn finishes there should be a period of thanksgiving for what we have just received, but again the chatter starts – and it isn’t just young people! There is plenty of time to chat outside Church, or in the hall over a cup of coffee.
Try and spend a few moments each day in silence and listen for God. It will take effort and perseverance but surely it will be worth it!
Scripture: Genesis 39:1 – 41:16; Matthew 12:46-13:23; Psalm 17:1-15; Proverbs 3:33-35