Last Sunday, at the 6 pm Mass, Fr. Jason reflected on 2016 as the Year of Mercy, declared by Pope Francis. And Fr. Jason suggested that for this coming year, 2017, a Year of Joy would be an appropriate theme. Fr. Jason noted that joy follows mercy. When we understand God’s mercy toward us, we can experience lasting joy.
I’ve been trying to focus on joy lately, because happiness can be so fleeting. In our current times, with all the strife in the world, we don’t always get to be happy. But this does not mean we cannot be joyful. Joy comes in knowing that ultimately God’s plan will triumph. As people sometimes say, the war is already over, and God won. Trying to focus on that can be difficult, especially these days, but it is important to keep our eyes on the ultimate and known outcome, the fulfillment of God’s plan.
My favorite scripture passage, Psalm 46:10. “Be still, and know that I am God.” Now also among my favorites, Psalm 30:5. “Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning.” For us, we know that joy when we understand God’s everlasting mercy toward us.
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