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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Gospel of Joy

Today I have a full schedule but will rejoice to have a friend for lunch. I think spiritual conversation is very life-giving for me and I look forward to several good conversations this week. Now, let us continue our reflection on the Holy Father's Apostolic Exhortation, Gospel of Joy:

The Gospel offers us the chance to live life on a higher plane, but with no less intensity: “Life grows by being given away, and it weakens in isolation and comfort. Indeed, those who enjoy life most are those who leave security on the shore and become excited by the mission of communicating life to others”. When the Church summons Christians to take up the task of evangelization, she is simply pointing to the source of authentic personal fulfillment. For “here we discover a profound law of reality: that life is attained and matures in the measure that it is offered up in order to give life to others. This is certainly what mission means”. Consequently, an evangelizer must never look like someone who has just come back from a funeral! Let us recover and deepen our enthusiasm, that “delightful and comforting joy of evangelizing, even when it is in tears that we must sow… And may the world of our time, which is searching, sometimes with anguish, sometimes with hope, be enabled to receive the good news not from evangelizers
who are dejected, discouraged, impatient or anxious,but from ministers of the Gospel whose
lives glow with fervor, who have first received the joy of Christ”.

Does my life glow with fervor???

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