It was a one-day convention on inner-healing.
The people who were participating were given helium-filled balloons, and told to release them, at some point during the prayer service, when they felt like expressing the joy in their hearts.
>> Through the day, there were some balloons that ascended.
But by the end of the day, it was found that more than forty percent of the balloons were unreleased.
The reason: Those people were unable to let go off their inner bitterness and sorrows.
What about us…
… Are we in a position to let go of our balloons, in order to witness our joy in the Lord?
The Gospel of the Day invites us to reflect on the theme of “Joy in the Lord”…
… with two instances of rejoicing:
>> The Disciples rejoicing after their successful mission experience
>> Jesus rejoicing in the Holy Spirit and thanking His Father for His Infinite Wisdom
One of the essential hallmarks of a Christian is a ‘Life of Joy’.
This was the experience of the Disciples, when they returned back from the mission.
>> They had enjoyed success in their ministry…
>> They had a sense of satisfaction in the works that they had done…
They realized that it was the Power of the Lord that enabled them to taste success and relish triumph.
So they rejoiced greatly, saying: “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of Your Name” (Lk 10: 17)
Do we also rejoice, by seeing the hand of the Lord in the success and achievements of our lives….?
… knowing that whatever we achieve, is ultimately not just due to our hard-work and efforts; rather, was the result of our co-operation to the grace of God!
… recognizing that all our talents and opportunities are gifted by God to exhibit His Glory and Honour!
Our Blessed Lord, however also tells the Disciples to go beyond the peripheral joys and happiness in life; instead to rejoice in the Spirit.
St Luke would testify this in the words: “At that very moment, Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, ‘I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth…'” (Lk 10: 21)
This then is what we too are expected to imitate from the Lord: Rejoicing in the Spirit.
St Paul would beautifully explicate this, when he says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Phil 4: 4)
Our life is to be an inspiring exhibition of the Joy in the Lord and Rejoicing in the Spirit.
Do we radiate joy…
… in our encounter with one another, and spread the cheer of life?
… even in the midst of hardships, knowing that we have a God who is deeply caring for us?
… thanking the Lord for His blessing, above all, for the gift of Himself in the Word and the Sacraments?
There is, without doubt, many reasons for us to be grumpy, to complain and to feel resentment in life.
But can we allow the Power of the Lord to enamour us, and realise that beyond all these, we have a reason to celebrate and to rejoice…
… knowing that ‘God is with us’, to ensure success in our journey of life, with our wholehearted co-operation
… knowing that God is the greatest reason to be happy and the treasure of life Who deserves every glory.
Can we let go our ‘balloons of sorrow and worry’ in order to display Christian joy and happiness in life?
Today let us seek the special intercession of St Maria Faustina- the Great Saint of Mercy – on her Feast Day.
Let us give heed to the words of our Blessed and Merciful Lord, as mentioned in her Diary:
>> “God never violates our free will.
>> It is up to us whether we want to receive God’s grace or not.
>> It is up to us whether we will co-operate with it or waste it”
May we always make the proper and responsible use of our freedom, and thus experience the Joy promised by the Lord in the diary of St Faustina…
>> “… when you are obedient I take away your weakness and replace it with My strength.”
God Bless! Live Jesus!
Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “If fear takes hold of you, cry out strongly, ‘O Lord, save me!’
>> He will hold out a hand to you.
>> Hold on tight…
… and go forward with joy!”