Today’s post on joy may seem a strange choice during this time of Lent. Usually, that is a time we talk of sacrifice, penance, and suffering. But actually, joy is a very appropriate topic. Lent is not supposed to be a time where we hang our heads, and woefully cry out that we are sinners.  It is not a time to think less of ourselves. It is not a time to drop our expectations. Don’t get me wrong, all of the feelings that we think of when we think of Lent are what we should be doing. Now, you are confused. Let me explain.

 The attitude that we have during lent should be one of looking forward to Christ’s Crucifixion and Resurrection . For it is the Crucifixion, whereby He redeemed us, and the Resurrection, the greatest feast day of the Christian Community, where He proved He is God and thus, capable of redeeming us. This apparent paradox can be readily explained. The joy, the happiness that we experience from this fact, namely, that we are once again God’s children, spurs us on to acknowledging our faults, and accepting our difficulties. This acceptance will be our sacrifice, our sign of sorrow, our sign of gratefulness for the Redemption.

 Joy is something we, usually, attribute to Christmas. But, the joy that we have because Christ came into this world, pales in comparison with the joy that we have because of the way Christ left this world. His life and death give us so many examples of what we should be, of what we should do with our lives. Everything we do in our lives should be in His name.

 And so, joy has a very important place in our lives. It is, so to speak, the foundation of everything that we do. Our day is filled with concerns and worries about our families, friends, ourselves. Health, suffering, disease, death, addictions, in short everything that we want to be free of, these beat us down. Think about your life, right now. Is this not true? What do we do then with this downtrodden feeling? We must try to get closer to Christ. As we do, we see the love that He has for us. And the joy that results????…  I will repeat the end of one paragraph that was said earlier in this post……”. The joy, the happiness that we experience from this fact, namely, that we are once again God’s children, spurs us on to acknowledging our faults, and accepting our difficulties. This acceptance will be our sacrifice, our sign of sorrow, our sign of gratefulness for the Redemption.”

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