Faith Daily | 14 May 2021
PRAYER of the DAY - EASTER SIX APBA p514
whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life:
grant that we may walk in his way,
rejoice in his truth,
and share his risen life;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
GOSPEL for the Day: John 16: 20-23
20 Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy. 21 When a woman is in labor, she has pain, because her hour has come. But when her child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy of having brought a human being into the world. 22 So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. 23 On that day you will ask nothing of me. Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by Pamela Davey
Jesus comforts his disciples before his death and resurrection. Reading about this in The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis says that the Gospel constantly invites us to rejoice.
Jesus promises his disciples: “You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy” (John 16:20). Jesus continues: “But I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you” (John 16:22). The disciples “rejoiced” (John 20:20) at the sight of the risen Christ. He quotes the example of St. Francis through actions visibly done in love; by a nonviolent, humble, and liberated lifestyle; gives others reasons for spiritual joy.
He goes onto say that "I realise of course that joy is not expressed the same way at all times in life, especially at moments of great difficulty. Joy adapts and changes, but it always endures, even as a flicker of light born of our personal certainty that, when everything is said and done, we are infinitely loved.” Amen to that!
When I reflect on the gift of joy I think especially about the joy children express. The image that immediately comes to mind is my great nephew, William, and his joy in discovering new things. Recently his father found a frog and when William reached out to touch it, his face lit up smiling, and his whole body shook with joy! God’s creation in action!
May God be praised.
FINAL PRAYER: from Michael Leunig
JOMO (Joy of Missing Out)
Oh the joy of missing out.
When the world begins to shout
And rush towards that shining thing;
The latest bit of mental bling –
Trying to have it, see it, do it,
You simply know you won’t go through it;
The anxious clamouring and need
This restless hungry thing to feed.
Instead, you feel the loveliness;
The pleasure of your emptiness.
You spurn the treasure on the shelf
In favour of your peaceful self;
Without regret, without a doubt.
Oh the joy of mission out.