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    Joseph your brother

    The words Joseph used when he finally revealed himself were “I am Joseph your brother” (Gen. 45:1-4).

    Centuries later, in quite a different context, Pope John XXIII said these same words to a delegation of Jews. He called himself Joseph, which was the name he was given at his baptism. He called himself their brother, to signify that a long period of hostility was over.

    Some Jews heard but could not forgive; others rejoiced; most thought, “Let’s see what happens!”

    Pope John meant what he said. Much will depend on what the rest of the world now says.

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