December 5, 2013

Positivity: A Church without joy is unimaginable, Pope Francis says

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Dec 3, 2013 / 06:07 am

The Pope focused his daily homily this morning on the themes of joy and peace, emphasizing that our God “is joyful,” and that the Church’s mission of transmitting this joy to others brings authentic peace.

“You can’t imagine a Church without joy,” the pontiff explained in his Dec. 3 homily, “and the joy of the Church lies precisely in this: to proclaim the name of Jesus.”

Pope Francis directed his homily to those gathered in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse, where he has chosen to reside.

He began by reflecting on the day’s first reading taken from the prophet Isaiah, which describes how in the coming of the messiah, “the lion and the sheep shall abide together.”

This passage, observed the Pope, speaks to us of the peace that we all long for and which only the Messiah can bring, while in the Gospel, when Jesus praises his Father for what he has revealed, “we are able to see a little into the soul of Jesus, the heart of Jesus,” which is “a joyful heart.”

“We always think of Jesus when He preaches, when He heals, when He travels, walks along the street, even during the Last Supper,” the Pope reflected, “but we aren’t used to thinking about Jesus smiling, joyful.”

“Jesus was full of joy, full of joy,” explained the pontiff, quoting Jesus’ words from Luke’s Gospel when, from the intimacy with his Father, the Lord proclaims “I rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and I praised the Father.”

This “is precisely the internal mystery of Jesus,” stated the Pope, “that relationship with the Father in the Spirit. It is His internal joy, the interior joy that He gives to us.”

“And this joy,” he explained, “is true peace,” which is not static, quiet or tranquil.

“Christian peace is a joyful peace, because our Lord is joyful,” the Pope continued, and because of this Christ wills that his spouse, the Church, share in this joy, which we only find when proclaiming “the name of Jesus.” …

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