Tidings of Great Joy

The verse before the gospel is a way of preparing our hearts to receive what’s to come in the main course. Today’s edition reads:

Christ had to suffer and to rise from the dead, and so enter into his glory. Lk 24:46,26

Here we have laid out before us, the sheer immensity of God’s salvific act. The Second Person of the Trinity took on human form for the precise reason of offering Himself as an immolation for our salvation. And it is in Him alone that our life on earth has the potential of reaching the apex of its purpose. He came (for us). He conquered (death). So that we would win (eternal life).

Ask In Christ’s Name

Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. Jn 16:23

Which provokes the question: How should we ask? I think the LORD’s teaching prayer shows us how. If our asking builds the kingdom of God, if it leads us to forgive and seek forgiveness from our neighbors, if it leads us and others away from temptation, then our petitions are in conformity with God’s will and not merely to satiate our selfish desires. We can and should ask God for good things, for us and for our near and dear ones, for those difficult relationships with which we daily contend, and most especially for our enemies.

Faith and Joy

Servant of God, Fr. John Hardon s.j. touches on the relationship between joy and faith, saying: Joy is the result of faith. God wants us to be happy not only in the life to come but in this life. He goes on to outline three types of unhappy people: those whose desires are not satisfied, those who are lonely, and those who have nothing to look forward to. Continuing to tap into the well stream of Fr. John’s wisdom: Our faith tells us that there is a future and a glorious future, but we must believe it. And it is in a community of believers that we experience a profound togetherness among believers of which there is no other earthly counterpart.

That Your Joy May Be Complete

Ultimately, our joy reaches its fulfillment in God alone. Our earthly desires are easily apparent. And we spend a goodish part of our life chasing these, for these are clear and present to us. But we are spirits as well. And when our spirit unites with the LORD and with other disciples, there is a powerful bonding and uplifting that is without any parallel that the earth has to offer. Jesus longs for us to long for Him. He reminds the apostles and us:

But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.

This is His desire. May it be ours as well!

[Readings: Acts 18:9-18; Jn 16:20-23]

D'Souza Family

The D’Souza family who go by the moniker, Unity Flame, consists of Patrick and Juliet and their three daughters, Naomi, Nicole, and Nadine. Patrick and Juliet spent their formative years in India and have been married 26 years. Being a missionary is at the heart of their family. Patrick and Juliet are members of the Regnum Christi movement, have homeschooled their children, and have been active members of their parish church and small Catholic community. Their daughters have been active participants as in the Challenge girls clubs, which emphasize formation, friendship with Christ, and virtue-driven leadership programs. Naomi and Nadine have each spent a “gap” year between high school and college as missionaries in the Philippines and Atlanta. Contact: [email protected]

1 Comment

  1. John on May 19, 2023 at 12:14 pm

    Good job Patrick/Julie, keep ’em coming.
    God Bless!

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