|Joseph's bones were carried out of Egypt during the Exodus|
Joseph was the first of his Hebrew family to go into Egypt. He was exiled there by the malice and betrayal of his own jealous brothers. Once a prisoner, Pharaoh learned of Joseph's ability to interpret dreams and visions. His successful interpretation of Pharaoh's dreams won him freedom. However, the family of Israel would become slaves to the Egyptians for the next 400 years.
Yet Joseph knew that one day his people would be set free. He knew that there was another life beyond his pale existence in Egypt. There was a Promised Land that his people would one day return to.
And so, with faith in God that Israel would one day return to its homeland, on his deathbed, Joseph made his family promise him something special:
After which he told his brethren: God will visit you after my death, and will make you go up out of this land, to the land which he swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And he made them swear to him, saying: God will visit you, carry my bones with you out of this place:
And he died being a hundred and ten years old. And being embalmed he was laid in a coffin in Egypt.
Joseph was a type of originator for Israel. In many ways, he was the beginning of it all. And although his entire life was lived in bondage, he knew that one day God would fulfill His promise and send the people of Israel into a new world.
St. Peter Is The Church's Joseph
Just as Joseph is a patriarch and founder of Israel, so is St. Peter the patriarch and founder of the Catholic Church. Just as Joseph was betrayed by his own brothers and sold into slavery in a foreign land, so too was Peter and the disciples betrayed by the Sadducees and Pharisees to linger in a hostile world of persecution and abuse.
Joseph was able to rise above his circumstances and be of a higher use to Pharaoh, interpreting dreams and prophesying. Likewise, Peter was able to transcend the bounds of the ancient Roman world by miracles, prophecy, and the spiritual gifts of Christ. Joseph spoke of a future liberation of his nation to a Promised Land, while Peter spoke of a liberation of Jew and Gentile from the bounds of the fallen world itself, that we may transcend all of this horror and find our way to Heaven.
Joseph's Bones, St. Peter's Bones
With these parallels in mind. Let us return again to the notion that upon deliverance, Joseph wanted his bones exhumed, brought out into the public by his people, and put in their proper and revered place.
And Moses took Joseph's bones with him: because he had adjured the children of Israel, saying: God shall visit you, carry out my bones from hence with you.
Exodus 13:19So now we have to ask ourselves something. Now that Peter's bones have been brought out and rediscovered, is it possible that something tremendous is about to happen? Now that the bones of our very first pope--the man who was given authority by Jesus Christ, Himself--now that we have the remains of the "rock" and "foundation" of the Church in our firm possession, is the True Promised Land of all men on the horizon?
Is the world about to make an exodus of its own? Will we have our own Red Sea to cross? Will we have an army chasing us, as it was for Israel? Is an intense period of rugged and violent pilgrimage about to befall the followers of Christ, as we trek for as long as we must to the Final Promised Land? Does all of this take place in the form of the Apocalypse?
The Scriptures is replete with typology. Christian history is not a circle, with events repeating themselves over and over; however, our history is a spiral. Certain styles of events repeat themselves in different ways and at different magnitudes. Christ and Mary were foreshadowed by Adam and Eve. The substituted sacrifice of a ram for the blood of Isaac is repeated in the bloody sacrifice at Calvary. Holy water cleanses us during baptism, just as the waters of God cleansed the world of evil.
Will we be carrying the bones of St. Peter into a new place? Are the exhumed bones of St. Peter a sign of something big and biblical that is about to happen to the Church and the world?
|Joseph's bones were even carried beyond the Red Sea.|
Shall we also see such miracles and terrors?