Before Joseph was second in command under Pharaoh, he was a prisoner in a dark, dirty
dungeon for years, wallowing in filth. Before the prison stay, he was a household slave who
made a good name for himself but was falsely accused by his master's wife who had him sent to
prison. Prior to being a household slave, he was tricked by his hateful brothers and sold to a
caravan as a "run of the mill" slave out of spite and envy.
The scene in Genesis 45:1-15 has fast forwarded Joseph's life to the post of second-in-
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization. Usually it’s applied to a scientific or philosophical/religious breakthrough, but it can apply in any situation in which a brilliant insight gives a person a different perspective on life or a problem s/he has been considering. For example, Archimedes’ famous shriek of “Eureka!” came as he was in the baths, contemplating yet again the difficulty of determining if a given mass would float.
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Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Imagine a worship service, a sharing of scripture and interpretation, that went on from dawn until midday. How would you respond? In many of our mainline churches a worship service that last more than an hour risks negative comments to the pastor. “Worship was too long.” “I have other things to do today.” “Can’t you try to keep worship to an hour?”
Some time ago there was a series of programmes on BBC 2 on the recent history of the Catholic Church. The series was called "Absolute Truth", and one programme looked at Catholicism in the developing parts of the world. It studied the work of liberation theologians in Latin America, particularly Leonardo Boff and Oscar Romero.