06 July, Wednesday of Week 14

Giving and Sharing

From all parts of the famine-stricken middle east, people flocked into Egypt to avoid starvation. Joseph’s brothers are among this stream of refugees, which suggests the mixed ancestry of the people that would eventually come out of Egypt under the name of Israel. In its very origin Israel had a universalist quality, and by their poverty and need the original Israelites are linked with people throughout the world.