Thursday 2nd May, 2013
St Athanasius. Acts 15:7‑21. Proclaim his marvellous deeds to all the nations. Ps 95(96):1-3, 10. John 15:9-11.
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‘I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.’
Lots of people would pay a fortune for the secret to ‘complete joy’. It’s a good thing that in today’s reading Jesus gives it away for free! From its very beginning Christianity has been about the proclamation of joy. ‘Behold I bring you good news of great joy’, announced the angels at Jesus’ birth. Joy is at the heart of God’s plan for human beings. Joy is at the heart of Jesus himself.
Pope Benedict said a while back: ‘The world needs to recover the joy of faith.’ But joyfulness is a learned skill. It is also a daily decision, one that lifts us up above our circumstances. When we celebrate each day, we are exercising our ability to see and feel God’s goodness in all things.