Monday, November 30, 2015

Your Gracious Will

By Melanie Rigney

Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; the calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them. (Isaiah 11:6)

Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.  (Psalm 72:7)

Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of
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heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.”
(Luke 10:21)

Jesus, help me to follow Your example of joy.

You know those moments, where everything, and I mean everything, is so right with the world, specifically your world, that you can’t help but be joyful? And however you show it—belly laugh, chuckle, big grin, quiet smile—everyone around you can’t help but see it and feel happy too. Or maybe you’re down about something, and you see someone being that full and you can’t help but be perked up a little yourself.

Imagine Jesus rejoicing as we are told today in Luke 10… not meditative, not teaching, not parrying with the authorities, but rejoicing. His immediate response is not to congratulate himself or hug everyone around him but rather, to give thanks. I suspect the hugs came quickly thereafter, for it was the return of the seventy-two disciples and his reminder that their success came from their names being written in heaven that revealed the joy. But thanks came first for Jesus… in joy and in sorrow, in pain and in triumph. May we learn from the way he obeyed the Father’s gracious will at all times.

Today is World AIDS Day. Attend an event in your area, or check out the prayers and fact sheets available at U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ site. Is there a way, through action or prayer, that you can show joy today to someone suffering from HIV/AIDS or one of their loved ones or caregivers?

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