Rejoice

May the world of our time, which is searching, sometimes with anguish, sometimes with hope, be enabled to receive the good news not from evangelizers who are dejected, discouraged, impatient or anxious, but from ministers of the Gospel whose lives glow with fervor, who have first received the joy of Christ.  — Pope Paul VI

 

Pope Paul VIJesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit! (cf. Luke 10:21)  I hope that we are rejoicing also!  There are many reasons to rejoice.  The beatification of Pope Paul VI, the feasts of Simon and Jude (Oct. 28), All Saints Day (Nov. 1), All Souls Day (Nov. 2), Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 27) and then all the preparations for the Birth of Our Lord at Christmas during the season of Advent.  There are also many reasons to mourn — we can turn on the TV or read the paper and see the pain and sadness that our world is in.  But again and again the scriptures tell us to see our sufferings as blessings.  However, seeing the positive, the goodness in the negative and dishonesty is a lot easier said than done.  But with God's grace, our trials and difficulties can teach us something — at times hard lessons that we may never fully comprehend.

 

Why is this happening to me?

Why that tornado, hurricane, flood, fire?  That illness, accident, death?

 

Jesus is our guide in this.  He knew that he would have to suffer and die for us, but he also rejoiced.  In rejoicing, Jesus tells us the Good News!  We too are called to tell others the Good News — we are called to be evangelizers.  Spirit filled evangelizers "full of fervor, joy, generosity, courage, boundless love and attraction!"  Br. Raymond gave us some tips on this very topic a few months back.  But step one is always prayer, a prayer on behalf of others, all those that we will go out and evangelize.

 

To the one who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you unblemished and exultant, in the presence of his glory, to the only God, our savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord be glory, majesty, power, and authority from ages past, now, and for ages to come. Amen. (Jude 1:24-25)