From the Word of the Day
The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.” (Acts 23: 11)
Paul is again imprisoned and lives a special experience, a call to witness. This witness brings with it suffering and joy – two opposites that we find in Christian life. This contrast is part of human life on this earth. We often experience how there is not a day when joy does not become suffering as well at a certain point. And there is no suffering, if lived with Christ and in His atmosphere of hope, which is not transfigured into joy.
Life brings two opposite visions. For those who have not met the Lord in a life that is totally materialistic, what counts is pleasure to be gotten only for the satiation of the senses. In this case, it is not difficult to grasp the contrast of Joy-Suffering, because those who accept in their life a joy that is not polluted by egotistical passions must at times say ‘No’ and that moment may cause suffering.
However, it is the soul guided by the Holy Spirit that will sing victory in us. On the contrary, for those who have found it too easy to consent to illicit pleasure will then find themselves in a bad way from many points of view. The worst is they will lock the door of their heart to God who is the Lord of Joy.
My God, You are Life and triumph over evil, especially the real evil that is a ‘No’ to You and to Your Commandments. Grant me a docile heart in following the right path, the one of Your law that is always a command of love over egoism. I beg You, give me JOY that always flows from this choice.
The Voice of St. Mary Mazzarello, Co-foundress of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians
Have courage. Jesus must be all your strength. With Jesus, loads become light, fatigue sweet, and thorns are transformed into sweetness… (L 22)