Joseph, beloved of his father and envy of his brothers, is a mystery to us. He is a dreamer who knows not the extent of his gift and is therefore both extolled and despised. Unless you are the favourite child in your family, you can probably empathize with the brothers. How often do we sell out those we are supposed to love? We may not always see the present day camels that give us the excuse we need to behave badly but they exist. Lent is a perfect time to examine our hearts and see where we toss our 20 pieces of silver.
Who are you jealous of? Who do you not understand and fear in your life? Who do you try to get rid of in small ways or in tragic dealings? Ask God this Lent to transform your heart into compassion and mercy. Try to see the gifts the person has and know that they are God-given even if you do not understand or appreciate them.
God used Joseph in splendid ways. Perhaps the person that is driving you around the bend is also an instrument of God. Be open to the colourful coat in your life.