When we approach the texts today, it’s helpful to remember that Joseph’s brothers once beat him, threw him into a pit, sold him into slavery, and then faked his death so they could lie to their father about what they had done to him. Joseph had decades to nurse his grudges, and he had the power and impunity to deal with his brothers in any way he saw fit: according to the Genesis story, in Egypt Joseph was the law. So, when Joseph says he forgives his brothers, we’re not talking about a little thing, or a simple thing. These men, jealous of the love their father bore for him, envious of the gifts that God had given him, beat him, threw him into a pit, and sold him into slavery and cut off any effort his father may have made to rescue him and restore him to the family. That’s what Joseph forgives. The story of Joseph is a good story, because it’s not about the little things we do to one another, or daily insults we pass around, but about the things that really drive us: envy, hatred, fear, and finally, at the end and running hidden through the entire story, love.