Thursday, December 5, 2013
We take so much for granted...
Now, I hope you are taking time to reflect on what the Pope is really saying to us in his Apostolic Exhortation as his thought is being discussed in the newspapers, on TV and radio shows and some seem not to have grasped what the Pope is really trying to tell us. Here is the next section to reflect on today:
There are Christians whose lives seem like Lent without Easter. I realize of course that joy is not expressed the same way at all times in life, especially at moments of great difficulty. Joy adapts and changes, but it always endures, even as a flicker of light born of our personal certainty that, when everything is said and done, we are infinitely loved. I understand the grief of people who have to endure great suffering, yet slowly but surely we all have to let the joy of faith slowly revive as a quiet yet firm trust, even amid the greatest distress: “My soul is bereft of peace; I have forgotten what happiness is… But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness… It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord” (Lam 3:17, 21-23, 26).
I have always loved the quote from Lamentations 3:17 - and I love the emphasis that the Pope has on joy. A sad saint is a sorry saint! Let us give Jesus joy today!