Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!
Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near.
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer
and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guardyour hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
At this time of the year, we rejoice that the Lord draws near. One aspect of joy is the way in which we express it. This passage reminds us that joy is not an inner sense of self satisfaction but a love that is so grateful, it comes out as gentleness toward others. When we reside in joy, we turn our faces away from ourselves and toward God. We end up focusing, not on how difficult things are for us, but on how amazing the gifts are which we’ve been given—and from that point on, we are transformed. Our hearts and minds, our whole selves are guarded in that peace of Christ which is far greater that any of us can understand. What is bringing you joy this Advent season, and how have you shared it with others?
From the blog of The Advent Chapel, an outreach ministry of the Diocese of Montreal.