Another golden nugget from ‘Joy of the Gospel’ Aug 21 Lent without Easter

“There are Christians whose lives seem like Lent without Easter…Sometime we are tempted to find excuses and complain, acting as if we could only be happy if a thousand conditions are met. To some extent this is because our ‘technological society has succeed in multiplying occasions of pleasure, yet has found it very difficult to engender joy….Joy flows from the infinite love of God, who has revealed himself to us in Jesus Christ. I never tire of repeating those words of Benedict XVI which takes us to the very heart of the Gospel: ‘Being a Christian in not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person which give life a new horizon and a decisive direction.’ Thanks solely to this encounter-or renewed encounter-with God’s Love, which blossoms into an enriching friendship, we are liberated from our narrowness and self absorption.”

Thoughts for the day: do we need a thousand conditions to be met before we can be happy? Pleasure is not the same thing as joy. We can have pleasure, but not have joy. Jesus gives joy. When we encounter Jesus we are liberated from our narrowness and self absorption.

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