“A new king, who knew nothing of Joseph, came to power in Egypt.” The tragedy of the children of Israel in Egypt occurs because the “new king” (pharaoh) did not know his own story. He forgot the past and thus ruined his present. This is an all too common trait. For Christians, who tell the story of our history of the faith every time we offer mass, remembering is at the heart of our relationship with God. We even have a special word for it — anamnesis. Our ability to remember in the religious realm should spill over into our ethical behavior as well. For example, whatever political decisions need to be made today should reflect our national story that we are a country of immigrants.