Pope Francis is gathering cardinals, bishops and lay people to Rome in September. Pope Francis desires the letter, ‘Joy of the Gospel’ to be a spark that sets the Church on fire with the Holy Spirit rather than just another document that we read and put aside.
The first paragraph sets the tone for the entire document, “The Joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. In this exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.”
Jesus gives Joy. Jesus sets us free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. Every day Jesus gives us the gift of a new joy. This offer is real.
Imagine that you are a ship. Embark upon a new chapter in your life. Put up the sails. Let the Holy Spirit and His Gifts fill your sail.
The Holy Spirit is telling you to turn the page. Turn the page to the new chapter in your life. The title of this new chapter is, ‘Jesus always and everywhere brings joy.’