Scripture Reading: Psalms 122:1
“St Augustine says: “Oh, God, Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our hearts find no rest until they rest in Thee.” According to St. Teresa of Calcutta, “One filled with joy preaches without preaching.” When you have joy in your heart from being a faithful servant of God, it will give you stability in your life that produces peace and hope. Unfortunately, sometimes Christians lose their joy of serving God and start viewing everything they do in and out of the church as a chore instead of seeing it as another opportunity to use their talents for the Lord. When Christians get to the point in their lives where it is no longer joyful to serve God, then something is wrong. As Billy Sunday said: “If you have no joy in your religion, there’s a leak in your Christianity somewhere.” A man by the name of William Gurnall gives a valid reason why some Christians stop finding joy in serving God: “The reason why many poor souls have so little heat of joy in their hearts, is that they have so little light of Gospel knowledge in their minds.” The further we distance ourselves from God and His Word, the less joy we will have in serving Him. If you ever find yourself feeling like serving God is more of obligation than joyful, then you need to take a serious look at your life because you are in a bad place in your relationship with Him. Serving God in or out of the church should always bring you joy even if you are suffering persecution for the cause of Christ. “Joy is not the absence of suffering, but the presence of God.” This happened in the early church, in Acts 5:41: “So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.” Do you still find joy in serving God or does it seem like a burden to you? If it seems like a burden to you, ask yourself why? Those who truly experience God’s presence may testify. The Psalmist says, “You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.” (Psalms 16:11) Let God fill your life with joy. There is joy in true worship. Let the joy of serving the Lord be your strength this day and forever, Amen.
MASS: GREEN/RED/WHITE 1 Kgs 3:4-13; Ps 119:9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14 (R.12b); Accl. Jn 10:27; Mk 6:30-34 BLASE, BP, MT/ ANSGAR, BP, MS
Prayer Points:
Heavenly Father, what a comfort to read of the prophets of old who, despite the difficulties and dangers that they were called upon to face, were able to rejoice in You and trust in Your never-failing faithfulness. Fill our hearts with Your abiding joy; may Your joy and peace flood our inner being, in the name of Jesus.
Pray for the joy of the Lord in all DSD members.
Exercise: Endeavour to attend mass today and observe an hour of praise at midnight and Read the daily exercise recommended for the Novena and take the Day Nine of the novena in “Amen: It is Done”.
Meditation: Psalms 100:2.