Joy is always what we want for ourselves and for those we love. It is ultimately God’s Will for us.
Sometimes, though, we look for it in the wrong places. If we try to find joy merely in the material things, it eludes us.
If we look for it in self-forgetting love, then joy finds us.
Jesus’ commandments are all about loving God for himself and loving others in ways that we ourselves would want to be loved. Does this really bring Joy?
Maybe the best answer can come from our own self reflection.
In my life, all my self-centered moments eventually caused me regret. But all the moments of gratitude and caring brought a wonderful sense of joy. This is what Jesus wants us to experience in our everyday life.
"Dear Lord, you came to show us how our lives could be meaningful and joyful. May your spirit guide us so that our live may be in harmony with you. Amen."
Sr. Anne Francis