Granny and Grandad thought about each of their children. They realised how sometimes they were selfish and unkind but when times were difficult they were able to stand together. They were grateful that Jock had been able to forgive all his brother’s family when they had made him feel like a stranger because of his orientation. He and his partner were finally accepted into the family.
Judah went up to Joseph and said, “You asked ‘have you a father?’ I answered, ‘we have a father an old man and a young brother, the child of his old age and his brother is dead.’” Joseph could not control himself and made himself known. “I am your brother Joseph whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me there, for God sent me before you to preserve life.” Read from Genesis 41.
Pope Francis: Children do need to be patiently taught to treat one another as brothers and sisters. This training, at times quite demanding is a true school of socialisation. AL195. Today we recognise that being able to forgive others implies the liberating experience of understanding and forgiving ourselves. AL 107