Granny and Grandad Acton loved music and had often shared with their grandchildren the musical story of Jacob his 12 sons and particularly the part about “Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat.” They had found it a good story to talk about a parent’s favouritism, giving the one boy that special coat which made the others jealous of their brother. “Imagine that they talked amongst themselves about killing him. Do you think you would ever do such a thing?” Granny asked, “No, never!” they chorused, and deep inside she prayed earnestly for peace in their family and in all families.
The sons of Israel amongst many others came to Egypt to buy grain for famine was in the land of Canaan. The brothers came and bowed before Joseph, the governor, who recognised them but treated them like strangers. He tested them, imprisoned them and after three days said they must bring their youngest brother to him. The brothers felt guilty and saw that they deserved to be punished for what they had done to Joseph. Joseph saw this and wept. Read the story from Gen 41.
Pope Francis: Listening to the elderly tell their stories is good for children and young people; it makes them feel connected to the living history of their families, their neighbourhoods and their country. AL193