Thought of the Day April 17, 2020 Easter joy

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“Joy is the fruit of the Holy Spirit....Without the Spirit, we cannot have joy. To receive the joy of the Spirit is a grace.” (Pope Francis)

As we read and reflect on the Resurrection of Jesus, one of the consistent experiences of the various witnesses is that of joy. Yes, there was initial fear, because they had never seen a glorified, risen body. But as Jesus spoke to them, their fear turned into great joy. He spoke peace, love, mercy and forgiveness.

Is joy a fact of our life? Does our faith in our Risen Lord bring us a real interior joy, which is not subject to the surrounding circumstances? This joy of, from and in the Lord is a grace from the Holy Spirit. As authentic love in us manifested to others is a witness of the life of Christ in us, so is the witness of true joy.

Let our joy proclaim to others that Jesus, who is risen, is the true Lord of our lives.

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