A MERRY HEART

Friday 25th December-. Solemnity of The Birth of Our Lord.
REFLECTION: ISAIAH 52:7-10 A MERRY HEART

Wow! How time flies! Just like it is a dream, today we have come to another yuletide. First of all we wish a “Merry Christmas”. But how merry are you today? Are you truly merry? Well, friend, there may be so many reasons not to be merry, but really we have to find that happy spot in our souls today and give someone a big hug. Yes, a big hug. The Word of God says in the book of Proverbs that “a merry heart doeth good like a medicine”. (Prov. 17:22a). Wonderful, isn’t it?

 Beloved, today being the celebration of the birth of our Lord offers a wonderful opportunity for us to show that spirit of fraternity and oneness that should exist between us and those around us. We are encouraged to be the channel through which Christ will be born anew in the heart of someone else. The birth of Christ should be for us a new beginning. We don’t have to wait for the New Year before we take the decision to be a better person. Beloved, time waits for no one. One of the best decisions we can make this season is to be a blessing to someone else. Remember that when you give people joy, you also reap joy in return, when you give people peace, you also reap peace as well. 

So let’s go all out today and be merry, not forgetting to show love to all around us. One again, Merry Christmas.

PRAYER: Father please fill my heart with joy today by Your Holy Spirit, I ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Being cheerful keeps you healthy.” Proverbs 17:22a. GNB.

Today’s Readings: Isa.52:7-10; Heb.1:1-6; John1:1-18

GAUDETE!

Sunday 13th December – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Reflection: Luke 3:10-18

GAUDETE!

As we get half-way through Advent we are greeted at Mass today with “Rejoice!” The Entrance Antiphon captures the message in a beautiful way: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.” The “Gaudete” Sunday calls you and me, amidst the penitential nature of Advent, to embrace our hope and expectation with joy. What better reason do we have to be joyous than the reassurance that our Lord and Saviour is near?

When we encounter difficulties in our day to day lives – at home, at work, in our communities, in our nation, we can easily become so overburdened that we do not see any reason for joy. Yet God tells us to look beyond all these and see how much we are loved by the very God that holds the universe in existence. St Paul calls us in the second reading to hand over our worries and concerns to God in prayer so we may experience His peace, one that is much greater than we can understand and one that keeps our hearts in perspective.

The question of John’s hearers should become our own too: “what must we do?” We must rid ourselves of the division and strife caused by sin and human selfishness. Remember that the call to rejoice is for the entire human race. Is there any way your words and actions may be preventing your neighbour from experiencing the joy that God fills our heart with? John the Baptist called the people to reconciliation and a life of love and sharing. Advent gives you an opportunity for reconciliation as we wait in hope to celebrate our Saviour’s birth. Let us grasp this opportunity and experience the rivers of overflowing joy in us and around us.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, please fill me with your joy today and help me share that joy with all who surround me. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 311-What are the fruits of the Holy Spirit?

The fruits of the Holy Spirit are charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity.

 

HIDE A TREASURE: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice” Philippians 4:4 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Zephaniah 3:14-18; Isaiah 12 (canticle); Phil 4:4-7; Luke 3: 10-18

HEAVEN’S JOY

Saturday 3rd October – Memorial of St. Therese of the Child Jesus Virgin & Doctor

Reflection: Luke 10:17-24

HEAVEN’S JOY

Man is so great that nothing on earth satisfy him. Only when he turns to God is he content. St. John Vianney.

These words of John Vianney describes the joy of Jesus’ seventy-two disciples on their return from mission. They were overwhelmed by what they did through Jesus’ name. As Christ shared in their joy, he gave them an even more important cause to rejoice: “But don’t be glad because the evil spirits obey you; rather be glad because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20). Beloved, just as Jesus’ disciples were fortunate to see and hear what Christ was doing, so are we who are members of God’s kingdom. We do not see Christ in flesh but we can boast of his power and miracles in our daily lives, even in our darkest hours of our lives. This is what we are called to embrace and uphold – a life full of joy, faith and confidence amidst the sorrows of life.

Christ wants to rejoice over us and be proud of us. He does not look down on us because of our weaknesses just as He did not disregard his disciples who were unlearned. He loves us the way we are and readily wants to work in us so that through us people may acknowledge his power. He wants us to be joyful in our unique personalities and never become proud because of what He is doing through us or envious of what He is doing through others.

Today, Christ shows us how we can gladden his heart as we go on with our daily schedules. Are we working faithfully to make our names written in the book of life? Do you serve God in the Church without a true knowledge of why we are serving? What gladdens your heart and gives you an unwavering joy? Are you thirsty for God to fill you with his power and use you as his workmanship?  God awaits a positive response from us each day as he wants us to happy and fulfilled in life. May heaven’s joy fill us today and forever. Amen.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, fill me with the joy that comes from your Spirit that I may rejoice in your great salvation. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 281 – Why do we yearn for happiness?

God placed in our hearts such an infinite desire for happiness that nothing can satisfy it but God himself. All earthly fulfillment gives us only a foretaste of eternal happiness. Above and beyond that, we should be drawn to God.

HIDE A TREASURE: “As fresh water brings joy to the thirsty, so God’s people rejoice when he saves them”. Isaiah 12:3 GNB

Today’s readings: Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29; Psalm 69:33-37; Luke 10:17-24

CHRIST – OUR SOURCE OF JOY

Wednesday 22nd April – Wednesday of the 3rd week of Eastertide

Reflection: Psalm 66:1-7

CHRIST – OUR SOURCE OF JOY

Happiness and joy are two words that are often used interchangeably. However, there is a difference between them. While happiness depends on our circumstances, joy goes beyond them. For instance, getting a good grade at school, having your favourite meal for supper and having your needs met may be sources of happiness. Joy on the other hand springs from your heart and is there even when life is rough and circumstances are unpleasant.

Joy is a gift; a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22) and one of the blessings of the resurrected Lord. He is indeed our source of joy. Christ triumph over death on the cross and the assurance that we are God’s children through Baptism in His name is our source of joy and transcends whatever difficulties we may experience in our daily lives. Hence we have every reason to praise Him with today’s psalm.

Today, ask the Lord to fill you with His joy and make a choice to dwell in that joy. A Christian without joy has something missing. Let your joy lead to you to praise God in every circumstance of life and radiate this joy to others. You are a child of God; a heir to His kingdom Why not join your voice with those of the angels as they sing psalms to the praise of His holy name.

PRAYER: Lord, please fill my heart with joy and let this joy lead me to praise you always. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 311 – What are the fruits of the Holy Spirit?
The fruits of the Holy Spirit are charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity.

HIDE A TREASURE: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Acts 8: 1-8; Psalm 66: 1-7; John 6: 35-40