- John 15:9-11
- Joy in Christ
OTHER HOMILY SOURCES from Claretian Communications Foundation
2016 April 28, 2016
REFLECTION: In today’s gospel reading, as we just heard, Jesus tells us: “I have told you all this, that my own joy be in you, and your joy may be complete.”
Some Christians go through life keeping, as the British say, “a stiff upper lip,” convinced that the life of a Christian, because it requires constant self-denial, needs to be sustained by a stoic composure. And this they show in their frowning faces, hunched backs, gloomy countenance. Alas, they forget that Jesus wants us to be happy in this life, not just some day in Heaven. As Jesus specified many times: “I came that my sheep have life, and have it abundantly” (Jn 10:10). “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you” (Jn 14:27). “So you have pain now; but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you” (Jn 16:22). “Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete” (Jn 16:24). “I speak these things in the world so that they (my followers) may have my joy made complete in themselves” (Jn 17:13).
And so, stoic Christians, abandon your frowns and start smiling!
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Love is a complicated word. It is so powerful that its misuse sometimes lead to fatal consequences. That is why Jesus was careful to pronounce words of love to His disciples. This is not just a feeling that springs from a happy, grateful or magnanimous heart. His love for His disciples is a commitment. He will take responsibility of this love professed to them. That is why He traces the origin of this love. As the Father loved Him so He will love His own. So the Father is the originator of this Love. Jesus has experienced this love and is now willing to share it. He had the love in abundance from His loving Father. He does not need to invent it on His own. So whenever we make an act of love, may it flow from a heart that knew of Jesus‘ love so that it will ultimately connect with the love of the Father.