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he Life of Patriarch Joseph

Steadfast Faith in God

Sharing about dreams


Recall some of your dreams.
Describe it and attempt to
give what the dream wants to
tell you about yourself?

In this lesson we will discover


that he is someone who
boasted, persevered
through hardships and
learned to forgive. He is
also noted with great faith
like Abraham.

Josephs dreams and the


jealousy of his brothers
Genesis 37: 5-11

What were
Joseph?

the

dreams

of

Josephs dreams and the jealousy


of his brothers
Genesis 37: 3-11
Why Josephs brothers were jealous
of him?
special treatment he got from
their father (Jacob gave Joseph a
long, colorful coat, which for his
brothers was yet another sign of
their fathers favoritism and
another thing for Joseph to brag
about

Jacob loved Joseph the most


because
1.He was the son of Rachel,
the woman he truly loved.
2.He was also the son in his
old age.

Sharing

Share any experience of


fights or arguments you
have
had
with
your
brothers or sisters in the
family?
Why did you fight? What
was the cause?

Difficulties in Egypt
Genesis 39: 1-23
What did Joseph do in Egypt after he was sold?
The manager of an Egyptian courtiers entire
household and possessions.
Difficulties
Loneliness/ separation from family
Falsely accused of taking advantage with
Potiphars wife.
Joseph remained upright in the midst of his
difficult situation.
Josephs talent for interpreting dreams saved
him from a longer stay in prison and also
inspired Pharaoh to make him governor of all of
Egypt.

Difficulties in Egypt
Genesis 39: 1-23

God was always with


Joseph.

Recognition of Gods hands


in the ups and downs of his
life
Remaining faithful despite
uncertain events in his life

Joseph testing and forgiving his


brothers
Genesis 42-47
How did Joseph test his brothers?
Why did he do this?
Joseph subjected his brothers to
several tests to find out if they
had changed.
He tried to take their youngest
brother,
Benjamin
by
falsely
accusing them of a crime.

Joseph testing and forgiving his


brothers
Genesis 42-47
What event leads Joseph to forgive
his brothers? Why did he forgive
them?
He saw their sincere concern for
Benjamin
Josephs brothers admitted their
sin (Gen 42:21) and begged for
his mercy (Gen. 50:17)

Joseph testing and forgiving


his brothers
Genesis 42-47
Reconciliation can only be
achieved if the guilty party
admits that he or she had done
wrong and asks for forgiveness.
The narrative ends with the
reunion of Joseph and his father
and the coming of his entire
family to Egypt.

What lessons can we learned


from the story and life of
Joseph in relation to our life of
faith today?
1.Josephs life and faith show us
how God works out His saving plan
even through misfortunes as He
drew good from evil.
2.Joseph persevered in faith. He
also shows us the need to forgive
and to be forgiven.

What lessons can we learned


from the story and life of
Joseph today?
3.

Joseph also experienced the


negative effects of being
boastful. We also need to be
aware of this.
4.Joseph teaches us that keeping
our faith in God can help us get
through difficult times. Our
Christian faith offers us spiritual

How does the story of Jacob


manifest the Claretian values
of CHEERS?
1. We have often heard the
moral principle the end does
not justify the means.

2. While God expects us to do


good, He certainly does not
will us to use evil means to get
it done like what Jacob did.

Reflect on times when


you have been boastful?

Reflect about the people you


Need to forgive and
to ask forgiveness from

Read the story of the life of St.


Anthony Mary Claret from pp. 2-16
and pick out the main events in his
life where he felt and recognize that
he was called by God to become a
missionary. Write your answers on
your notebook.

Patriarch

Call

Response

Abraham

Leave your
country go
to a strange
land.

Obedience but his


faith went through
stages of doubts
and questions; but
in the end he was
ready to offer the
sacrifice of his own
son, Isaac as God
commanded

Isaac

To become an
obedient and
dutiful,
sacrificial
son
To become a
father to
Jacob and
Esau

Was willing to be
sacrificed in
obedience to his
father

Mission/Role in
Salvation History
I will bless you,
make numerous
descendants
from them all
the nations of
the earth shall
find blessing.
Abraham
became the
father of all
nations who will
profess faith in
one God.
Isaac prefigured
Jesus who was
obedient to God
the Father unto
his death on the
Cross

Patriarc Call
h

Response

Mission/Role in
Salvation
History

Jacob

During the first


part of his life
Jacob went
ahead of God;
rather than
wait for
instructions
from God. He
completely
acted on his
own; such an
attitude
brought his so
much suffering
and trouble.
Later, he put
his entire trust

When Jacob
learned to
trust God, God
blessed him to
be the father
of the 12 tribes
of Israel. It was
to his 4th son
Judah that
Gods promises
to Abraham
has been
fulfilled.
Jesus the
promised
Redeemer
came from the

God choose
Jacob over Esau
to father the 12
tribes of Israel
(new name of
Jacob) who
became the
chosen people
of God in the
Old Testament
God continued
to love Jacob in
spite of his
selfishness

Patriarch Call

Response

Mission/Role in
Salvation History

Joseph

He never
lost his faith
and hope in
God even in
the most
trying times
of his life

It was for the sake of


saving lives that God
sent me here ahead of
you to ensure a
remnant of earth and
to save the lives of the
tribes of Israel in an
extraordinary
deliverance. Joseph
as made a ruler of
Egypt to bring Gods
blessings to Egypt and
his family at the time
of famine.

It was
God who
was
working
out his
divine
purpose
in all the
people
and
events
in the
life of
Joseph

Use crosswise sheet of paper:


1.Which Patriarch do you identify
most in relation to your life of faith?
Why?
2. What particular characteristic/s of
this/these Patriarch/s do you find
similar with your life?