Thought of the Day January 22, 2019 Joy endures

By 10:30 AM

This inner joy of Jesus, sustained by his relationship with the Father and the Spirit, did not prevent him from experiencing the normal struggles, sufferings and sadness of human existence. He wept over the death of Lazarus and over the obstinacy of the Jewish religious leaders. He was saddened over the lack of faith of his fellow townspeople and extended family in Nazareth. He was disturbed by the misunderstanding and refusal of some of his disciples in accepting his teaching on the Eucharist and his passion.

None of this negated the truth of his identity as the beloved Son of the Father. Pope Francis may have had Jesus in mind when he wrote: "l 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.” – Evangelii Gaudium, 6 (To be continued)

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