FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
November 24, 2022 34th Thursday
WORD of the DAY
Shout joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
serve the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful song.
Know that the LORD is God,
he made us, we belong to him,
we are his people, the flock he shepherds.
How shall I live this Word?
The end of the third verse of the psalm brings us back to the beginning of Psalm 23 “The Lord is my shepherd; I will lack nothing”. A concept reaffirmed in a thought by Saint Teresa of Avila which has become the famous song, Let nothing upset you, nothing is missing, God alone is enough. If we have everything in God, we can only serve Him joyfully and our joy will be complete (cf. Jn 15:11). Unfortunately, it happens that the worries of the world take away our joy by giving us sadness (Cf. 2 Cor 7:10). It is necessary to have the courage to stop and return to the center of our heart, where the Lord dwells. To return to joy, we can also repeat over and over one of the above Bible verses, or another analogous, just as it is narrated in the “Tales of a Russian Pilgrim”. Another form of silent prayer.
Lord, help me to live in YOU.”
The Voice of Pope Francis – Homily 28 May 2018
Joy is not living from laughter to laughter. No, it’s not that. Joy is not being funny. No, it’s not that. It’s another thing. Christian joy is peace. Peace that is in the roots, peace of the heart, the peace that only God can give us. This is Christian joy. It is not easy to keep this joy. … the first step of joy is peace: yes, when trials come, as Saint Peter says, one suffers; but one comes down and finds peace and that peace no one can take away!
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