Look at this figure:
What emotion do you see?
When last did you feel like this?
These are not just irritating questions – they are the deepest questions of life. Today my daughter and I were watching little Japanese children skipping down the road outside her home, and we both exclaimed “How cute”. My next comment to her was “Why is it that while children can express such unfettered joy, we as adults lose this ability?”
Jesus promises that “your joy may be complete” (John 15:11). Surely this cannot remain as an intellectual concept, or a fleeting feeling swiftly suppressed? Why has the religious impulse to joy been so effectively crushed out of us – and when did we agree to become so “respectable”? This is not a joy that ignores the difficulties of life. On the contrary, it is a joy that helps us cope with the toughest times. Like a branch that is connected to the vine, we can draw on God's strength to get though each day. This strength is sufficient that when we reach the end of the day - we will find enough left over for some joy as well.
Second Sunday of EasterPartakers of Eternal Life
Scripture reading taken from A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants p.148