Thought of the Day January 22, 2019 Jesus brought joy to others

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As Jesus kept before him his relationship with the Father, so we are called to do the same. In so doing our joy will not be altered by the circumstances of our life, but will be sustained and nourished by our joy in God, whom we hope to see face to face and be with eternally.

Jesus was a source of joy for others.  Mary rejoices in the Lord after Elizabeth confirms the word of God to her that she had conceived and was the Mother of the Lord. Recalling God’s mercy and blessings, Mary proclaims: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.(Luke 1:46-49)

Earlier when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the Christ Bearer, Luke tells us: When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, ‘Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.  And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.” Lk 1:41-45)

The birth of the Christ child brings joy to Mary and Joseph. The angels rejoice in proclaiming his birth to Shepherds. When the Shepherds find the new born Savior they rejoice. Simeon and Anna rejoiced in the Temple when the child is presented in the Temple. The Wise Men rejoiced when they encountered the new born King, after being led by the light of a star and the light of the prophetic word of God.  

Are we bringing joy to others in our daily life? (To be continued)

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