Thought of the Day January 30, 2019 Enter into the joy of the Lord

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Just as the joy of Jesus was contagious, so our joy is meant
to impact and affect others around us. Have you ever been
around a joyful person for a long time and did feel the joy
welling up in you? And the opposite is true. Have you ever
been around a negative and depressed person and not leave
with a down feeling yourself?  The difference is what is shared
intentionally or unintentionally.

Again listen to the Holy Father’s wisdom.
If we keep this joy to ourselves it will make us sick in the end,
our hearts will grow old and wrinkled and our faces will no
longer transmit that great joy only nostalgia, melancholy which
is not healthy. Sometimes these melancholy Christians faces
have more in common with pickled peppers than the joy of
having a beautiful life. Joy cannot be held at heel: it must be
let go. Joy is a pilgrim virtue.”

When we have the joy of the Lord within us, we will have the
freedom to sing and dance before the Lord’s presence like
David did before the Ark of the Covenant. He did this not to draw
attention to himself but as a sign of his gratitude for the fidelity of God. 
In the words of St. Augustine: “The Christian should be an Alleluia from
head to foot.”  Or as St. John of the Cross has said: The soul of one who
loves God always swims in joy, always keeps holiday, and is always in
the mood for singing.  Learn to enter into the joy of the Lord. (To be
continued)

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