For Sunday, August 7, 2011: Year A

THE READING  Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28

As today’s reading from Genesis opens, there is dissension in Jacob’s family: of all of his sons by his two wives and their maids, Jacob or Israel clearly loves the next to youngest son the best. Worse, this favored boy snitches on his older brothers. Worse still, though not mentioned in today’s reading, young Joseph won’t stop talking about his prophetic dreams in which his older brothers and even his father are subservient to him. It is a classic setting for jealousy and revenge.


THE EPISTLE    Romans 10:5-15

Today’s first reading showed God in the process of raising up Israel as a righteous people It also showed that, from the beginning, God’s people couldn’t be trusted not to lie and cheat and even contemplate murder. In writing to the church at Rome, Paul resolves this paradox: righteousness comes not from the law but through faith. He ends by calling us to proclaim Jesus Christ to all the children that God yearns to bring home.

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