Posted by: livingscripture | November 8, 2014

Thirty-first Saturday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“I rejoice greatly in the Lord that now at last you revived your concern for me. You were, of course, concerned about me but lacked an opportunity.”

 (Philippians 4: 10)          

How should we live this Word bambina con fiori

Joy is the key word in this fourth and last chapter of the Letter to the Philippians.  Paul redeems this attitude as well and makes it a Christian prerogative.  We can always rejoice because our name is written in Heaven.  We can rejoice because our friends have shown themselves such and have taken care of us!

Joy is another way of rendering spiritual worship to God because it becomes gratitude and a celebration of the good in which we are immersed and of which we are apt to be unaware.  It is the Easter manifestation, the antidote to pessimism.  It is based on reality, on the evidence that is called ‘good’ and ‘beautiful’ and resonates so that others see and understand it and rejoice as well.  Pope Francis says that some Christians are afraid of joy.  They fear the closeness of Jesus, because it makes us rejoice.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will look at myself.  Am I a joyful person who believes in Jesus and in life eternal? 

Lord, help me not to be frightened by joy or to show that hope animates my life and obliges me to see all that happens with different eyes. 

The voice of Pope Francis 

With some sense of humour, we can say that there are Christians who are ‘bats’ that prefer the darkness to the light of the Lord’s presence.  Jesus, instead, gives us joy with His resurrection, the joy of being Christians; the joy of following Him closely; the joy of being on the road of the Beatitudes; the joy of being with Him.

 

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