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Remembering

Luke 23:26-56    Genesis 42    Psalm 33

There is a lot of remembering going on in today’s texts. God remembers Jacob during famine (Genesis 42, Psalm 33:19). Joseph recognizes/remembers his brothers when they bow before him in Egypt (Gen.42:6,7); and his brothers, while not recognizing Joseph, clearly remember what they did to him (Gen.42:21ff). Jesus remembers scripture while on the cross (Luke 23:34, 46; see Psalms 22:18 and 31:5), and, in response to the dying criminal’s request that he be remembered (Lk.23:42), he promises, “today you will be with me in paradise” (Lk.23:43).

There are many types of Remembering, aren’t there? Most striking to me as I read, is the contrast between Joseph and Jesus . . . in one instance, a stranger who admits to being condemned justly is welcomed as a brother, and in the other, brothers are treated as strangers. In Jesus, we see a compassionate remembering. In Joseph, we witness a remembering that leads to harsh words and a period of testing. The outcome in one case is the promise of Paradise (Luke 23:43); in the other, time spent in prison (Gen.42:17). . .

Paradise or Prison? Might there be some value in reflecting on the kind of remembering that leads to each?  How do we choose to remember the sins of others? How do we remember our own sin? And how does our remembering play out in our relationships with others? And God? Today we are reminded that there is a remembering that leads to repentance and into life. . . We see the beginnings of it in Joseph’s brothers . . . and see it manifest fully one of  two crucified criminals . . .

“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” May we each, this day, embrace the kind of remembering that leads to life. Amen.

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1 Comment»

  Jennifer wrote @

Wow…I didn’t see all the remembering till you pointed it out…Thanks!


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