This week we read one of Jesus’ most puzzling parables, and the other texts do not make it any clearer on first glance. Amos rebukes his audience for economic injustice, while Jesus seems to commend a sketchy bookkeeper. Let’s assume that Jesus is consistent with Amos—not to mention himself. There must be something else here.
Jumping into Genesis 45 feels like dropping in at someone else’s family reunion right around the point when everyone has “drank freely” (43:34) enough to start a tearful trek into the past. We are left to catch up. This passion has patiently waited over the twenty years that have passed since Joseph’s brothers jumped him, threw him in a pit, sold him into slavery, and lied to their father that he was dead. Joseph is known for his dreams and interpretations of dreams, but I wonder how he slept those long years.